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Nakamura & Ryo set to star in World Cup 2014?

Shunsuke Nakamura's performance in the Emperor's Cup has really got me tipping him for a recall to Japan's international squad and I'm sure I'm not the only one. His goal against Sagan Tosu in the semi-final and overall game certainly merited the attention of national-team coach Alberto Zaccheroni, who is not ruling anyone out or anyone in as he mulls over his self-composed secret list of 63 players.
Now that Nakamura has ended the Japanese season on such a high, he has to be considered. He may be 35, but he's playing like a man at the peak of his powers with impressive trickery in both the semi-final and the final of the Emperor's Cup, which Marinos won convincingly against Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Another player who should be on the plane to Brazil is Sanfrecce's diminutive keeper Shusaku Nishikawa . He almost single-handedly (as he needed just one hand a lot of the time) ensured Hiroshima's passage to the final with his penalty-stopping heroics. At one stage, Sanfrecce were 3-1 down in the shoot-out against FC Tokyo, so any mistake would result in an instant exit. That didn't happen though, as Nishikawa kept his cool to make save after save and even managed to dispatch a penalty of his own with consummate composure.
Based on his semi-final performance, Nishikawa should be put on anytime Japan need penalties to progress in the World Cup final knock-out stages, where they're likely to face Italy and England. Quite honestly, I wouldn't bank against Nishikawa in that kind of form, although I wouldn't play him from the start, as he wasn't as convincing in open play against Hiroshima in the final. In fact, a weak parry led to Yuji' Bomber' Nakazawa converting a rebound to put Sanfrecce 2-0 up.
Finally, what about Ryo Miyaichi's chances I hear you say, don't I? Well, the jury has had time for quite a number of karaoke nights since he was in the frame, but don't rule him out just yet. Ryo was named on the bench for a recent Arsenal match, and if he can be included and a match-winner against Spurs in the FA Cup who knows what might happen? Personally, I'd consider taking him to Brazil if he can string a few games together before the end of the season, as his pace could be a potent weapon in tight games.

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