Kagawa on bench for Japan v Greece
Japan winger Shinji Kagawa will start on the bench as the Blue Samurai face Greece in a make-or-break Group C clash at Estadio das Dunas in Natal on Thursday.
Kagawa, who plays for Manchester United, was left distraught by an error-strewn performance in a 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast last week.
Coach Alberto Zaccheroni, who has demanded an improved performance as Japan look to salvage their World Cup campaign, made two changes from the side that started against Ivory Coast.
Central defender Masato Morishige is replaced by Yasuyuki Konno.
Greece, the 2004 European champions who have struggled in the World Cup, are also on a salvage mission.
Their coach Fernando Santos, however, kept faith with the defence that leaked three goals to Colombia in their opening game. But he brought in Ioannis Fetfatzidis on the right wing to replace Dimitrios Salpingidis with striker Konstantinos Mitroglou replacing Theofanis Gekas.
Eiji Kawashima; Atsuto Uchida, Maya Yoshida, Yasuyuki Konno, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe (capt), Hotaru Yamaguchi; Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda Yoshito Okubo; Yuya Osako
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA)
Orestis Karnezis; Vasilos Torosidis, Konstantinos Manolas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Jose Cholevas; Konstantninos Katsouranis; Ioannis Fetfatzidis, Ioannis Maniatis, Panagiotis Kone, Georgios Samaras; Konstantinos Mitroglou
Coach: Fernando Santos (POR)
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)