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The 26 players called up to Japan's Olympic training camp last Friday cannot afford to start thinking about being measured for their Sydney suits just yet, as there's still a long way to go before final selection.
Of the 26, four were over-age players: Goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki, defender Ryuzo Morioka, midfielder Toshihiro Hattori and striker Akinori Nishizawa.
One of these will have to miss out, as teams qualifying for the 16-nation finals are allowed only three players over the age of 23 in the 18-strong squad.
Conspicuous by his absence from the 26 was Hidetoshi Nakata, who is with his AS Roma teammates at a preseason training camp in Austria until July 31, the day the Japanese players meet up in Yokohama for their three-day get-together.
So with three over-age players, plus Nakata, who is very keen to play in his second Olympics, there's only room for 14 of the other 22 players called up …