The Japan Football Association (JFA) announced today (5 November) that F.C.Tokyo’s Masato Morishige and Yuichi Maruyama had been selected to the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Asian Qualifiers Round 2, combined with the Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers.
* The players comments below have been added.
* Comment from Masato Morishige
“I am truly honoured to be selected to the national team. I will make sure to play hard to contribute to the team and I will do my best with other teammates to win qualifying matches. Although they are away matches, many supporters come over to Singapore for them, so I want to give wins to them. First of all, I will put out my 100% for my club in the Kashiwa match this weekend. I will be prepared in order to win it and join the national team.”
* Comment from Yuichi Maruyama
“I am very happy to be selected to the national team. As a representative of Tokyo and as a representative of Japan, I will do my best to help the team as well as I keep showing my strength, although the matches will be physically tough away matches. I hope we will have continuous support.
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Asian Qualifiers 2nd Round combined with AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers
Thursday 12 November
Singapore National Team vs SAMURAI Blue (Japan National Team)
Kick-off at 8:15 p.m. JST at Singapore National Stadium
Tuesday 17 November
Cambodia National Team vs SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team)
Kick-off at 9:14 p.m. JST at Cambodia National Olympics Stadium