TOKYO — Japan coach Javier Aguirre opt for experience as he named his 23-man squad for next month's Asian Cup, where the defending champion will be bidding for a record fifth title.
Aguirre on Monday named Europe-based regulars including Keisuke Honda of AC Milan, Shinji Okazaki of Mainz and Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund.
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Drawn in Group D with Palestine, Jordan and Iraq, Japan has dominated the continental competition over the past two decades, winning in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011.Aguirre insisted Monday his team won't be distracted by Spanish media reports that authorities in Spain are moving to prosecute him and some 30 others on suspicion of fixing a league game against Levante when the 56-year-old Mexican managed Zaragoza in May 2011.
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