Maya Yoshida makes World Cup cut

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has been named in Japan’s squad for the World Cup.

The 29-year old made his 81st cap for his nation in a game where he played in his first game for his new manager Akira Nishino.

They lost 2-0 to Ghana but there was no real uncertainty over his place in the side.

Japan’s first game at the World Cup isn’t until 19th June against Colombia, but do have friendlies against Switzerland and Paraguay before hand.

Yoshida becomes the third Saints player to make the trip to the tournament in Russia, beginning on the 14th June.

Cedric Soares has been selected for Portugal whereas Dusan Tadic is expected to make an appearance for Serbia, but they are still yet to finalise their squad for the showpiece.

Neither Ryan Bertrand or Fraser Forster were picked for England, whose campaign starts on the 18th June against Tunisia.

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