Former international center Yuya Osako, who is now playing for Viscount Kobe, has responded for the first time after he was dropped from Japan’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In an interview after the game, the player confirmed to the media that he had refused to be included in the waiting list for Japan to participate in the World Cup.
“No, I refuse to be an alternate player,” Yuya Osako made clear when pressed by reporters if he was on the alternate list. “I don’t want to pray that someone gets hurt, I don’t want to rejoice in someone else’s misfortune,” he answered bluntly.
Yuya Osako also expressed his best wishes to the 26 people who were selected for the World Cup: “I wish the selected players from the bottom of my heart, and I will support them as a TV audience. I hope they can win and I hope they will do their best for Japan.”
As for not being included in the 26-man list, Yuya Osako responded, “I’m not on it. That’s it.”
Yuya Osako, 32 years old, has scored 25 goals and provided 8 assists for Japan in 57 games in all competitions as the main force. Although the player has been plagued by injuries since this spring, after his return in September, he scored 3 goals in 6 games, which saved Vissel Kobe from relegation.
At that time, many Japanese media believed that with Yuya Osako’s state and 9-year national team career, there should be no doubt that he was selected for the 26-man roster, but the final result was not satisfactory.
The loss also made Yuya Osako doubt the future of his national team. When a reporter asked him if he could be selected for the Japanese team in the future, Yuya Osako replied: “If the coach is replaced, I think I may have a chance to be selected. But for now, I want to rest for a while, then adjust my state and train hard. Wait until the end of the offseason, I will give my best to the game.”