Japan Starting Lineup vs Costa Rica: World Cup Starting 11 Announced

Japan is in a tough World Cup group but if any of the rest of the group slip up, they are a threat to make a deep run. The team kicked off the tournament with a massive upset win over Germany. Stay on top of the Japan Starting 11 for the World Cup.

Japan Starting 11 Vs. Costa Rica

  • GK- Shuichi Gonda
  • LB-  Yuto Nagatomo
  • CB- Maya Yoshida
  • CB- Ko Itakura
  • RB- Hiroki Sakai
  • DM-  Wataru Endo
  • DM- Ao Tanaka
  • LM- Tkefusa Kubo
  • CM –  Daichi Kamada
  • RM- Junya Ito
  • ST- Daizen Meda

Japan will roll out a pretty strong starting 11 in the World Cup but have Germany and Spain in their group. Both are expected to advance out of the group but Japan will be a tough out for both sides. There were some injury concerns for Japan coming into this one but things have improved with Endo back and Yomiyasu likely to be fit.

The back line has a lot of national experience with Yoshida having over 100 caps and the same for Nagamato. Tomiyasu is a lesser experienced defender at the national level but is playing with the Premier League leading Arseenal.

Takuma Asano headlines the front line, which a lot of Japan’s attackers are on the younger side and looking to leave a mark on this World Cup.

Japan Starting Lineup History

Vs. Germany

  • GK- Shuichi Gonda
  • LB-  Yuto Nagatomo
  • CB- Maya Yoshida
  • CB- Ko Itakura
  • RB- Hiroki Sakai
  • DM-  Wataru Endo
  • DM- Ao Tanaka
  • LM- Tkefusa Kubo
  • CM –  Daichi Kamada
  • RM- Junya Ito
  • ST- Daizen Meda

Japan Starting 11 FAQ

Who Is Japan’s Starting Goalkeeper?

Shuichi Gonda is the starting goalkeeper for Japan. He is 33 years old and is currently playing for Shimzu S-Pulse and has made over 30 appearances for the national team.

Who Is Japan’s Starting Striker?

Takuma Asano is the starting strikeer for Japan. He is playing over in Germany with Vfl Bochum for his domestic club and has seven goals at the national level.

Who Is Japan’s Best Player?

Daichi Kamada and Takehiro Tomiyasu are arguably the two best players on the Japan national team. Both have made moves to powerhouse leagues over the last few years.

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