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Daily Mail - - World Cup 2018 -

THE BOSS AKIRA NISHINO

Must find his feet quickly, re­plac­ing Vahid Halil­hodzic, who was fired two months be­fore the tour­na­ment.

THE STAR SHINJI KA­GAWA

Dort­mund and for­mer Manch­ester United star will be ex­pected to pull the strings in mid­field.

THE PROSPECT YOSHINORI MUTO

The striker, 25, who stud­ied eco­nom­ics at univer­sity, has been linked with New­cas­tle.

KEY STRENGTH

The cre­ativ­ity of Ka­gawa and Keisuke Honda.

BIG WEAK­NESS

Squad heads to Rus­sia unset­tled af­ter chang­ing man­ager in April.

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