• Kyodo


Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo has put up his hand to play for Japan at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as one of the three overage players each team is allowed at the Games.

“As a footballer, I want to go,” Nagatomo said on Saturday, after helping Inter to a 3-1 win over Udinese. “It’s the Olympics, an opportunity to play for your flag.”

“I still have to talk it over with Inter, though.”

The 29-year-old Nagatomo played at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where Japan lost all three group games in the under-23 competition.

U-23 national coach Makoto Teguramori has already said he plans to include three overage players in his 18-strong squad for Rio.

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