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ANOTHER TEAM, ANOTHER RESULT: Japan U23 eliminated because of lacking stars who were not called up?

ANOTHER TEAM, ANOTHER RESULT: Japan U23 eliminated because of lacking stars who were not called up?

To compete in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship, Japan just brought local players to the tournament, plus Manchester City young star Ryotaro Meshino.

Japan U23 team disappointed their fans by being eliminated at the group stage of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship.

They lost the first two games before earning the only point in the last match against Qatar. It could be seen as a failure in the preparation for the 2020 Olympics men's football event when Japan was the host nation.

However, coach Hajime Moriyasu said that the failure in the AFC U23 Championship was just an accident, and he would work hard to resolve that. Calling up young stars who are playing for European countries will help Moriyasu build a stronger team to compete in the Olympics.

Unlike the AFC U23 Championship events, he can summon young stars such as defender Takehiro Tomiyasu and midfielders Ritsu Doan and Takefusa Kubo.

Meanwhile, to prepare for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship, he was just able to call Ryotaro Meshino, who was playing for the Scottish club Heart of Midlothian on loan from Manchester City.

It made Japan U23 team find it difficult to play following the guidance of the head coach. Moreover, in the 2020 Olympics men's football event, teams can call up three over-aged players, which helps Moriyasu have more options to organize his team.