With Japan heading to important World Cup qualifying matches against Uzbekistan and Qatar, manager Takeshi Okada named his squad that is made up of J-League Footballers, excluding Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic), Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg) and Junichi Inamoto (Eintracht Frankfurt). Kashima Antlers, Urawa Red Diamonds, Kawasaki Frontale, Nagoya Grampus, Oita Trinita, FC Tokyo and Jubilo Iwata all have two representatives.
The following squad reports for training on October 7:
Goalkeepers—Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Jubilo Iwata), Seigo Narazaki (Nagoya Grampus), Eiji Kawashima (Kawasaki Frontale)
Defenders—Yuji Nakazawa (Yokohama F. Marinos), Kazumichi Takagi (Shimizu S-Pulse), Marcus Tulio Tanaka (Urawa Reds), Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yuki Abe (Urawa Reds), Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo), Masato Morishige (Oita Trinita), Atsuto Uchida (Kashima Antlers)
Midfielders—Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic), Junichi Inamoto (Eintracht Frankfurt), Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale), Takeshi Aoki (Kashima Antlers), Yasuyuki Konno (FC Tokyo), Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg), Shinji Kagawa (Cerezo Osaka)
Forwards—Keiji Tamada (Nagoya Grampus), Seiichiro Maki (JEF United Chiba), Hisato Sato (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Yoshito Okubo (Vissel Kobe), Shinji Okazaki (Shimizu S-Pulse), Shinzo Koroki (Kashima Antlers), Yasuhito Morishima (Oita Trinita)