Kagawa returns to Japan squad for trip to Singapore

Japan coach Javier Aguirre has made sweeping changes to the team to face Jamaica and Brazil, as he welcomed back Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa and Cordoba's Mike Havenaar among others.

The Samurai Blue will face Jamaica in Niigata on October 10, before travelling to Singapore to take on Brazil on October 14.

Kagawa and Havenaar are among seven changes to the team that drew 2-2 with Venezuela last month, with Hannover 96's Hiroki Sakai and Koln's Yuya Osako among those dropped.

Captain Makoto Hasebe has also failed to gain a recall despite returning to full fitness, while the uncapped trio of Gen Shoji, Tsukasa Shiotani and Yu Kobayashi have been included.

Aguirre will be seeking his first win as Japan coach since taking over in July, and will be counting on Europe-based stars like Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Yuto Nagatomo (Internazionale), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz) and Maya Yoshida (Southampton) to make a difference.

The four-time Asian champions will be looking to defend their crown at next year's Asian Cup in Australia, and will likely use the game against five-time World Champions Brazil as a good gauge of where they're at after a disappointing World Cup campaign.

Keisuke Honda will be a key figure for Japan when they take on Brazil in Singapore

Japan squad to take on Brazil

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Red Diamonds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders: Hiroki Mizumoto (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Yuto Nagatomo (Internazionale), Kosuke Ota (FC Tokyo), Daigo Nishi (Kashima Antlers), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Tsukasa Shiotani (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Gotoku Sakai (VfB Stuttgart), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers)

Midfielders: Gaku Shibasaki (Kashima Antlers), Hajime Hosogai (Hertha Berlin), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Junya Tanaka (Sporting Lisbon), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Ryota Morioka (Vissel Kobe)

Forwards: Mike Havenaar (Cordoba CF), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz 05), Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Yu Kobayashi (Kawasaki Frontale), Yoichiro Kakitani (FC Basel), Yoshinori Muto (FC Tokyo)

Tickets for Japan - Brazil at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 14, 2014 can still be purchased at www.sportshubtix.sg.