Celtic duo Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda receive Japan call-ups for June internationals

By Lewis Laird

May 20, 2022

Celtic duo Daizen Maeda and Kyogo Furuhashi have received a call-up to the Japanese national squad that will take part in several friendlies next month.

Both of the former J-League stars are off the back of a long season, which finished off with Celtic lifting the Premiership trophy.

However, their season isn’t caught over yet after being selected by the Japan boss for their friendly fixtures against Paraguay and Brazil.

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There is also no place in this squad for fellow Celtic teammate Reo Hatate, who made his competitive debut during the last international break.

After such a tiring end to the season for the midfielder, that will come as a boost to Ange Postecoglou’s side, with Hatate now receiving an extended break over the summer.

But, as confirmed by reliable journalist Dan Orlwitz, Kyogo and Maeda will still need to be gearing up to play their part at the beginning of June.

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The two Celtic forwards have had a long, hard season in 2021/22, since joining the club from their homeland this campaign.

So, a break is very much needed for both players ahead of pre-season preparations beginning in early July.

However, it seems likely that both will have a good chance of featuring during next month’s friendly fixtures, after heavy praise from Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu.

It will also provide Kyogo and Maeda with the chance to play against some of the best players in the world, including Neymar and Vinicius Jr,

We wish them all the best, ahead of the international break. But please, no injury issues!

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