Japan reshuffle

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Japan face Mongolia today in a match that takes place in a country currently hosting the World Cup for Rugby. It is expected today's match will also be a chance for Moriyasu to experiment with his growing pool of talent. 

Mix it up 

Japan face their second match in World Cup Qualifying today when they face Mongolia at the Saitama Stadium 2002. The host started the campaign last month with a 2-0 away win over Myanmar.

They will now be opening to make in two from two against a Mongolia team ranked 183 in the world. With Japan ranked 31 in the world there are 152 places between these two clubs in the FIFA world rankings being on paper at least this is a simple win for the hosts.

Then with this in mind and an away trip to follow in Tajikistan a few days later it is expected this will not be a full-strength Japan side.

Along with the fact that many of the Japan team play in Europe, the coach will be wary of allowing players to burn out.
 
A hint that this side will be changed was from Hajime Moriyasu as he said: “I haven't decided what to do, but I would like to fight these two matches while considering various options regarding the usage of the players.”
 
First things first will be who will start in goals for Japan, this is a position that for a while has not been nailed down.

With the 36-year-old Kawashima surely coming close to retirement it is a the time for someone new. That battle for the number one jersey at the moment seems to be between Shūichi Gonda of Portimonense and American born Daniel Schmidt.

Gonda played in the previous match with Myanmar but he has not featured for his club this season.  This could then lead the way for Schmidt to start as he is playing regularly for his club Sint-Trudense in Belgium.

The starting back four you would assume would normally be Nagatomo, Yoshida, Tomiyasu, and Sakai. Although now with the idea of mixing it up you would see Anzai get a start who unlike his teammate is getting playing time at Portimonense.

Meanwhile, Ueda who plays in Belgium with Cercle Brugge could get a start as he's too been impressing at his club.
 
In midfield, it could be an opportunity for Kubo to make an influence on the international scene while fellow youngster Doan already came out this week about his desire to get on the scoresheet.

Then at top in the absence of Ōsako, it could be a chance for Ito to impress although the 26-year-old is yet to score for his club Genk this season. 

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