Soccer: Kubo, Mitoma in Japan squad for U-24 Argentina friendlies

Japan named Getafe’s Takefusa Kubo and Kawasaki Frontale’s Kaoru Mitoma in their men’s under-24 squad on Friday for two home friendlies against Argentina U-24 later this month as teams ramp up their Tokyo Olympics preparations. Kubo was one of seven European-based players called up along with Arminia Bielefeld’s Ritsu Doan, Rio Ave’s Ryotaro Meshino and Antwerp’s Koji Miyoshi among the attackers. A trio of Netherlands-based defensive players, Groningen’s Ko Itakura, AZ Alkmaar’s Yukinari Sugawara and PEC Zwolle’s Yuta Nakayama, were named in the 23-man squad. “These are critical games for our …

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