Shinji Kagawa was recalled to the Japan squad for Wednesday's home friendly against Latvia after returning to fitness.
Gamba Osaka were relegated from the J-League's top flight for the first time after a 2-1 defeat at Jubilo Iwata.
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa has been left out of Japan's World Cup qualifier away to Oman next week as he recovers from a knee injury.
Asia round-up: Australia face a fight to reach the World Cup after they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Jordan in Asian qualifying.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni named Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa in the squad for next month's World Cup qualifier against Iraq.
Japan named Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa in thei squad for a home friendly against Venezuela next week.
Keisuke Honda fired a hat-trick as Japan crushed 10-man Jordan 6-0 on Friday to make it two wins out of two in their World Cup qualifiers.
Round-up: Japan showed why they are Asian champions with a comprehensive win over Oman while Iran rode their luck in Uzbekistan.
Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda have been named among a full-strength Japan squad for the final round of Asian 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
An under-strength Japan side blew away the cobwebs with a comfortable 3-1 home win over Iceland on Friday in their first match of the year.
Japan striker Ryoichi Maeda's transfer to West Ham United has collapsed.
Japan striker Ryoichi Maeda's transfer to England's West Ham United has collapsed, his J-League club Jubilo Iwata said on Sunday.
Japan striker Tadanari Lee promised some fireworks in Tuesday's Kirin Cup winner-takes-all match against Czech Republic.
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