Japan offered snubbed midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara a crumb of comfort on Wednesday by naming him among seven standby players for the World Cup.
Coach Takeshi Okada had left the J-League player of the year out of his final 23-man squad earlier this week amid reports of a bust-up between the pair.
Ogasawara, who took part at the 2002 and 2006 World Cup tournaments, is unlikely to see Okada’s offer as an olive branch after a typically blunt response to his initial omission.
“No, I was taking a nap,” he said when asked if he had watched Monday’s squad announcement on television.
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