Miyaichi set for Japan call-up
Bolton's on-loan Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi is set to be given his first senior Japan call-up for their upcoming World Cup qualifier.
By Edwin Chong
Last Updated: 18/02/12 5:48pm
Bolton's on-loan Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi is set to be handed his first senior international call-up for Japan's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan.
The 19-year-old scored the Trotters' opening goal in Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup victory at Millwall after making his Premier League debut against Wigan last weekend.
The Japanese Football Association (JFA) has contacted Bolton regarding his availability and he is expected to feature in his country's Asian Football Confederation Group C qualifier at Toyota Stadium.
"We have sent Bolton a letter saying we might need him and they have acknowledged our request. We have also let Miyaichi know," JFA technical director Hiromi Hara told Kyodo News.
"Of course we can't ask for him for the 24th (for the friendly against Iceland) because there are league games but the qualifier is on an international match day so we have the right to call up players, unless of course they are injured.
"That is not the case with the (qualifiers) for the Olympics. But if he is being called up to the senior national team then it shouldn't be a problem.
"Bolton replied straight away saying they understand the situation."