Five future Premier League stars from Japan vs Greece

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We identify five players from Japan vs Greece that could find themselves starring in the Premier League in due course.

With Japan vs Greece boasting just four English based players between the two squads, it will likely be of interest to Premier League fans to identify the players that have been, and may once more interest clubs in the English top flight, ahead of the clash between two of Group C's less fancied teams.

Greece were hammered against table toppers Colombia in their opening game, while Japan took part in an entertaining match with the Ivory Coast, despite emerging 2-1 losers. 

Atsuto Uchida (Japan/Schalke) - The Schalke defender has been linked to Arsenal for several months now, and illustrated his defensive capabilities in the side's narrow loss to the Ivory Coast last week. 

Four years in the Bundesliga, with every season in Europe, should make him an attractive proposition should Wenger seek to bring the right-back to the club in place of the departed Bacary Sagna.

Yuto Nagatomo (Japan/Inter Milan) - The 27-year-old has been one of his country's top performers, having starred in Serie A in a struggling Inter Milan side.

Tottenham have been touted as admirers in the past, and he could certainly bring something to the club's problem left-back position.

Giannis Fetfatzidis (Greece/Bologna) - Labelled the 'Greek Messi', the tiny attacking midfielder is full of superb dribbling and flair, and experienced his first season in one of Europe's top leagues after signing for Genoa last summer.

At 23-years-old, he is only going to get better, and once again Everton have been credited with a serious interest in the past, with scouts allegedly appearing at Genoa games.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece/Borussia Dortmund) - Having already been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Man United before his switch to Dortmund, the Greek centre back may come back onto Premier League radars should he star against Asian Cup holders Japan.

Saw plenty of football for Jurgen Klopp's men last season, with regular defensive pairing Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic missing large sections of the campaign with injury.

Keisuke Honda (Japan/AC Milan) - Only recently a signing at AC Milan, Honda didn't quite manage to be the shot in the arm Rossoneri fans hoped he would be. Nevertheless, he proved against Ivory Coast that he is has the class to hurt quality teams with a superb strike.

In Japan, Honda is a superstar, and a transfer to former suitors such as Everton would be an option if his Italian adventure continues to falter.

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