Soccer: Japan name J-League based 22-man squad for Jan. Uzbekistan friendly

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Japan on Tuesday announced an entirely J-League based 22-man squad for the Jan. 21 friendly at home against Uzbekistan, a warm-up match ahead of their two home Asian World Cup qualifiers against China and Group B leaders Saudi Arabia. Manager Hajime Moriyasu named veterans with European experience in Vissel Kobe forwards Yuya Osako and Yoshinori Muto as well as full-backs Yuto Nagatomo of FC Tokyo and Hiroki Sakai of Urawa Reds, while handing four players their first senior call-ups. They include the new J1 young player of the year Ryotaro Araki, a 19-year-old Kashima Antlers attacker who scor…

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