Updated: 06/25/2014 03:03 | By Agence France-Presse

Kagawa back in Japan starting XI

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Tuesday recalled forward Shinji Kagawa for his side's must-win game against Group C leaders Colombia, who made eight changes to their line-up.

Kagawa back in Japan starting XI

Japan's forward Shinji Kagawa walks on the pitch during an official training session at The Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba on June 23, 2014 - by Toshifumi Kitamura

Kagawa, who had a poor season at Manchester United, was left out of the starting side for the Blue Samurai's second match against Greece, which ended in a 0-0 draw.  

Zaccheroni also brought in midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama for Hotaru Yamaguchi.

Colombia are already assured of qualification for the next round but even a win for Japan will leave Zaccheroni's side relying on the result from the other match between Ivory Coast and Greece.

Colombia have six points, three ahead of Ivory Coast. Japan and Greece both have a single point, though the Europeans' goal difference is inferior.



Eiji Kawashima, Atsuto Uchida, Maya Yoshida, Yasuyuki Konno, Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe (capt), Toshihiro Aoyama, Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, Yoshito Okubo

Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA)


David Ospina (capt), Santiago Arias, Pablo Armero, Juan Cuadrado,  Fredy Guarin, Alexander Mejia, Eder Balanta, Adrian Ramos, Juan Quintero, Jackson Martinez, Carlos Valdes 

Coach: Jose Pekerman (ARG)

Referee: Pedro Proenca (POR)

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