Kolkata, Oct 13 (IANS) Japan coach Yoshiro Moriyama on Friday said the Asian heavyweights will rest several players ahead of their Group E clash against minnows New Caledonia and give the others an opportunity in order to test their strengths ahead of the knockout stages.
A win on Saturday will see Japan seal their berth in the pre-quarterfinals, and with debutants New Caledonia losing both their matches by big margins, it seems improbable the result will be otherwise.
“We need to win in order to go to the next round. There are some players who are eager to play on the pitch and we will know who can be the key players when we get to the next stage. So we will have some new players and some who played in the previous two matches and balance can be maintained by that,” Moriyama told reporters after their first training session at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here.
If Japan finish second with France topping the group, they will face England if the latter top Group F. England have a clean slate after two games and will be facing Iraq on Saturday.