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Japan have become the first nation to reveal their World Cup squad for the main tournament, with further team announcements coming fast in the coming days.

This year, teams can include 23-26 players, up from the previous maximum of 23 after the Covid-19 pandemic, in line with rule changes allowing five substitutions instead of three.

The deadline to submit teams to FIFA is Tuesday, November 15 at 5am AEDT, with FIFA publicly announcing all team lists on the same day.

But most teams will reveal their squads well before then, with Australia’s announcement at 4pm AEDT on Tuesday 8 November.

The first nation to announce their team was Japan.

Teams can also replace a seriously injured or ill player (including with Covid-19) up to 24 hours before their first World Cup match. We will update the squads below if that happens.

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JAPAN (Group E)

goalkeepers: Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu S-Pulse), Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg/FRA), Daniel Schmidt (Sint-Truiden/BEL)

Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo), Maya Yoshida (Schalke/GER), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal/ENG), Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Reds), Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale), Kou Itakura (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER), Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale), Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart/GER)

midfielders: Wataru Endo (Stuttgart/GER), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting/POR), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf/GER), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Junya Ito (Reims/FRA), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton/ENG) , Takumi Minamino (Monaco/FRA), Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus), Gaku Shibasaki (Leganés/ESP), Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad/ESP), Ritsu Doan (Freiburg/GER)

Forward: Daizen Maeda (Celtic/SCO), Takuma Asano (Bochum/GER), Ayase Ueda (Cercle Brugge/BEL)

LAST: Yuta Nakayama suffered a torn Achilles tendon, with the Huddersfield Town centre-back ruled out for the rest of the season and set to undergo surgery. His replacement has not yet been named. Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is also in doubt after a right thigh problem last week.

The most surprising absences are Celtic stars Kyogo Furuhashi, who has nine goals in 11 league appearances this season, and Hoops team-mate Reo Hatate.


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