Posted: Thursday May 23, 2013 4:21 AM

Japan's Honda, Kagawa picked for WCup qualifier

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TOKYO (AP) -Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa have been picked in Japan's 26-man squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Australia next month.

Japan has 13 points in Group B of Asian qualifying and can clinch its fifth straight World Cup appearance with a win or draw against Australia on June 4 at Saitama Stadium. Australia is third with six points and needs to do well in its remaining three matches to secure a top-two placing to guarantee automatic qualification for the tournament in Brazil.

Honda has been struggling with injuries and wasn't in the lineup when Japan lost 2-1 at Jordan on March 26 for its first defeat in qualifying. Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo has also been dealing with injuries but was included in the squad.
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