With national team manager Alberto Zaccheroni set to name his World Cup squad on May 12, Soccer Scene takes a look at the candidates. Names in bold are those predicted to make the final 23-man roster:
Zaccheroni should have little trouble choosing his three goalkeepers, with Eiji Kawashima the established No. 1 and Shusaku Nishikawa his deputy. Shuichi Gonda should edge out Masaaki Higashiguchi for the third spot.