Soccer: Minamino, Kubo headline Japan squad to face Panama, Mexico

Liverpool winger Takumi Minamino and Villarreal playmaker Takefusa Kubo headline a 24-man squad named Thursday by the Japan Football Association for a pair of friendlies this month in Graz, Austria.The Samurai Blue will face Panama on Nov. 13 and Mexico four days later at Graz’s Liebenauer Stadium.As with Japan’s two friendlies last month in Utrecht, the Netherlands, manager Hajime Moriyasu has picked a squad comprised entirely of Europe-based players.The decision to play “home” friendlies in Europe, while omitting players from Japan’s domestic J-League, was made in light of travel restriction…

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