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Having been instrumental in Kashiwa Reysol’s surge to the top of the J. League on an eight-game win streak, goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura has earned his first Japan call-up for Wednesday’s friendly against Syria and the World Cup qualifier away to Iraq next week.

The 22-year-old went through his first training session with the national side on Monday at Ajinomoto Stadium, where the studious custodian took in as much as he could from two-time World Cup keeper Eiji Kawashima and No. 2 Masaaki Higashiguchi of Gamba Osaka.

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