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Japan coach Norio Sasaki says his players must adapt to life without talismanic midfielder Homare Sawa as he named his squad for the team’s first training camp since the former Women’s World Player of the Year retired last month.

Sasaki named a squad of 26 players for the Jan. 18-26 camp in Okinawa ahead of the final round of Asian qualifiers for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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