CONFIRMED: Ivory Coast v Japan World Cup line-ups - Drogba benched!

Here are the sides for Ivory Coast v Japan this morning, kick-off at 02:00 GMT.

Ivory Coast starting XI: Barry; Aurier, Zokora, Bamba, Boka; Serey, Tiote; Toure; Kalou, Bony, Gervinho.

Japan starting XI: Kawashima; Uchida, Yoshida, Morishige, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Yamaguchi; Okazaki, Honda, Kagawa; Osako

Ivory Coast and Japan get their World Cup campaigns underway in Recife this morning, having seen Group C rivals Colombia see off Greece on Saturday.

Ivory Coast enter the tournament with high hopes despite two successive group stage exits in 2006 and 2010, but there are concerns that many of their star players are coming towards the end of their careers. The likes of Didier Zokora, both Kolo Toure and Yaya Toure as well as Didier Drogba could all be playing in their final World Cup campaigns.

Meanwhile, Japan impressed in 2010 only to be dumped out on penalties by Paraguay, yet this time Alberto Zaccheroni's side can count upon Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa, as well as the usual faces of Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki in attack.

The hopes of both Africa and Asia largely rest with the two sides, and this Group C fixture should be another showing of free-flowing, attacking football - which we have already seen so much of in Brazil.

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