Japan, Chile announce squads for U-17 World Cup

Asian powerhouse Japan will be featuring in its eighth U-17 World Cup, and Chile in its fourth.

Chile begins its campaign at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.   -  AFP

Japan and Chile have announced their squads for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Asian powerhouse Japan will be featuring in its eighth U-17 World Cup, having reached the quarterfinals on two occasions. Japan shone on its global debut in 1993 when it reached the last eight as host.

The event, to be held from October 6 to October 28, will be Chile’s fourth appearance at a FIFA U-17 World Cup and its second in a row after hosting the tournament in 2015. It debuted in Japan in 1993, when it finished third, its best performance to date. The Chileans reached the last 16 on home soil two years ago.

Japan is clubbed in Group E alongside France, New Caledonia and Honduras, against whom it opens its campaign on October 8. Chile features in Group F along with England, Mexico and Iraq.

Japan squad

Goalkeepers: Umeda Togo, Tani Kosei, Suzuki Zion

Defenders: Nobuki Iketaka, Takumu Kemmotsu, Yukinari Sugawara, Yuki Kobayashi, Taichi Yamasaki, Seiya Baba

Midfielders: Kohei Okuno, Rei Hirakawa, Toichi Suzuki, Naoki Tsubaki, Shimpei Fukuoka, Hinata Kida, Soichiro Kozuki

Forwards: Hiroto Yamada, Taisei Miyashiro, Keito Nakamura, Takefusa Kubo, Koki Saito

Chile squad

Goalkeepers: Julio Bez, Rodrigo Cancino, Hugo Araya

Defenders: Gast, Mat Silva, Lucas Alarc Sebasti Valencia, Yerco Oyanedel, NicolAravena

Midfielders: Martin Lara, Mauricio Morales, Oliver Rojas, Branco Provoste, Maximiliano Guerrero

Forwards: William Gama, Ignacio Contreras, Ignacio Mes, Diego Valencia, Jairo Vuez, Pedro Campos, Antonio D O’Higgins.

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