FC Schalke 04's Atsuto Uchida heads the list of a remarkable eight Bundesliga stars who have been called up by Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni for the forthcoming friendlies against Serbia and Belarus.
Uchida will face stiff competition for his favoured right-back role by Hannover 96's Hiroki Sakai. The 23-year-old has played every minute of
Sakai's namesake Gotoku has similarly featured in every one of VfB Stuttgart's games this season, also from right-back. Born in New York
Pulling the strings in midfield is the remit of 1. FC Nürnberg's Japanese pair. Japan captain Makoto Hasebe (l.) is the most experienced Bundesliga legionnaire in the squad with 73 caps, while free-kick specialist Hiroshi Kiyotake will be hoping to add to his one international goal to go with his two for Nürnberg this season
Joining the pair in midfield could be Hertha Berlin's Hajime Hosogai. The 27-year-old has appeared 23 times for his country
1. FSV Mainz 05's Shinji Okazaki is fourth in Japan's all-time top-scorers list, having hit 35 goals in a mere
Eintracht Frankfurt's source of creativity that is Takashi Inui completes the Bundesliga's representation in the