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Hannover’s Japan internationals Hiroshi Kiyotake and Hiroki Sakai have both denied asking Japan coach Javier Aguirre not to select them for the national team’s upcoming friendlies against Jamaica and Brazil.

Bundesliga club Hannover on Thursday said on its official Twitter feed that the pair had, with the approval of Aguirre, excused themselves from international duty for the Asian Cup warm-ups against Jamaica in Niigata on Oct. 10 and Brazil in Singapore on Oct. 14.

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