Japan omit Ogasawara for Serbia friendly
The Kashima Antlers midfielder was recalled to the Japan squad in January after an absence of more than three years but upset Okada by criticising the international set-up.
With Shunsuke Nakamura back in Japan with Yokohama F-Marinos and also named by Okada on Monday in a 20-man squad for the April 7 game in Osaka, Ogasawara's World Cup chances now looks slim.
Nakamura's Yokohama team-mate Koji Yamase was also recalled, adding salt to Ogasawara's wounds for the friendly with a rugged and technically gifted Serbia side also bound for South Africa.
Okada insisted it did not spell disaster for players harbouring World Cup ambitions but, with Europe-based players not available, those not included will fear the worst.
"I've chosen some players who haven't had a real opportunity so far," Okada told reporters. "It doesn't mean those not selected have no chance of going to the World Cup."
Okada's selection of 21-year-old Fukuoka University striker Kensuke Nagai will also do little to boost Ogasawara's confidence in the run-up to the World Cup.
"I think we could use Nagai's explosive speed in the last 10 minutes of games," said Okada.
Japan face World Cup-bound South Korea at home on May 24 before flying to Europe for warm-up matches against England in Austria on May 30 and Ivory Coast in Switzerland on June 4.
The Blue Samurai, who have never won a game at a World Cup tournament on foreign soil, have been drawn against Cameroon, the Netherlands and Denmark in Group E in South Africa.
Goalkeepers - Seigo Narazaki (Nagoya), Eiji Kawashima (Kawasaki)
Defenders - Yuji Nakazawa (Yokohama), Yuichi Komano (Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (FC Tokyo), Yuzo Kurihara (Yokohama), Yuhei Tokunaga (FC Tokyo) Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo), Atsuto Uchida (Kashima)
Midfielders - Shunsuke Nakamura (Yokohama), Junichi Inamoto (Kawasaki), Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Naohiro Ishikawa (FC Tokyo), Yuki Abe (Urawa), Koji Yamase (Yokohama)
Forwards - Keiji Tamada (Nagoya), Kisho Yano (Niigata), Shinji Okazaki (Shimizu), Shinzo Koroki (Kashima), Kensuke Nagai (Fukuoka University)