• Kyodo News


Japan coach Ivica Osim on Sunday recalled JEF United Chiba striker Seiichiro Maki for the upcoming friendlies away to Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria and Switzerland. Albirex Niigata forward Kisho Yano, who along with Maki was axed for the recent 2-0 win over Cameroon, also returns as Osim added five players to the provisional 19-man party he named Friday. Le Mans’ Daisuke Matsui won his first national team call-up under Osim when he was picked Friday along with fellow Europe-based midfielders Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic) and Junichi Inamoto (Eintracht Frankfurt).

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