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Japan coach Okada selects World Cup roster

TOKYO (AP) — Japan coach Takeshi Okada selected four Europe-based players for his 23-man World Cup roster.Keisuke Honda of Russia's CSKA Moscow , Makoto Hasebe of Germany's Wolfsburg, Daisuke Matsui of France's Grenoble and Italy's Takayuki Morimoto were called up along with former Glasgow Celtic and Espanyol midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura , now with the J-League's Yokohama F Marinos.Japan reached the second round when it co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea but has never won a World Cup match on foreign soil. It will be making its fourth straight World Cup appearance."This is a team that will never give up, is very fast and will be at a high level of fitness," Okada said at a news conference Monday.Japan was drawn with the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon in Group E. It has had trouble scoring goals in recent matches."Honda has changed his style since going to Moscow. He has become more confident around the net and we have high expectations for him to score goals," Okada said....

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