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New Nadeshiko Japan manager Asako Takakura picked a youthful side on Friday as the 48-year-old prepares for her first matches in charge.

The Japan women’s national team’s first games since it failed to qualify for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be a pair of June friendlies against the world champion United States. None of the players on Takakura’s first squad are in their 30s, with an average age of 24 — three years younger than the team that missed out on Rio.

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