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Kyogo Furuhashi absence explained as Celtic star missing for Japan while boss throws down World Cup gauntlet

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Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu has challenged the player's who missed out on the win over America to make their case for a spot in the World Cup squad.

The Samurai Blue cruised to a 2-0 win in Dusseldorf as they continued their preparations for Qatar 2022 with the game boasting a host of Scottish Premiership stars, with Celtic's Daizen Maeda leading the line for Japan before being replaced at the break.

Kyogo was in the match day squad but failed for come off the bench, while Reo Hatate was one of three players who didn't make the cut for the game.

Rangers' Malik Tillman was included for the USA as he made an appearance off the bench. Kyogo was a surprise absentee for the game with teammate Maeda preferred as the lone frontman having mainly been deployed as a winger so far by Ange Postecoglou this term.

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