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England v Japan: International Women’s Football Friendly – ​​Live | Women’s football

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18 minutes Karen Carney, commenting on ITV, points out that the pitch isn’t the best – slow and a bit uneven. I realize this sounds like a day four pitch in Ahmedabad.

17 minutes Earps comes for Hasegawa’s corner, fails and is relieved to see an England player directing the ball to safety.

17 minutes Hasegawa takes a short corner, recovers it and drives a cross beyond the far post. Mead runs past Minami and heads him behind for another corner.

16 minutes Hasegawa plays a very dangerous inside ball from Charles towards Shimizu, but Charles recovers well to concede a corner with a long tackle.

13 minutes Too bad for Japan who dominate possession: England have had 75% so far.

11 minutes Charles finds Kelly in the space on the left. His first cross is only half obliterated by Kuwagai, and Toone snaps past the far post. Half a chance.

10 minutes Walsh loses the ball to Sugita in a dangerous area. Endo recovers and throws a cross towards Iwabuchi, but Morgan gets in front of her to get clear.

8 minutes Daly’s speculative long-range shot is blocked; then Walsh, imaginative as always, attempts a needle-eye pass to Mead who is cut off. Mead was offside anyway.

7 minutes Bright is robbed by Iwabuchi, who moves left and drags a low cross to Sugita (I think). Bright comes back to intercept.

4 minutes Mead charges down the field and plays a through ball to Kelly who is cut up nicely by Miyake. England started well.

2 minutes Russo hands the ball to Toone from 25 yards out. She takes a touch and loops a good effort to the top right corner. Yamashita moves quickly down his line to make a comfortable save.

1 minute Peeppeep! England, in their elegant bright crimson (sic) change stripe, will start from right to left as we watch. Japan is in blue.

There is a false start when Ella Toone kicks off and then remembers players are supposed to take the knee. Let’s try this one again.

Today is Remembrance Day, Thus, players from both sides gather around the central circle to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the conflict.

England and Japan players pay their respects by observing 2 minutes of silence for Remembrance Day.
England and Japan players pay their respects by observing 2 minutes of silence for Remembrance Day. Photography: Naomi Baker/The FA/Getty Images

Ten minutes to kick off. England will be pleased that the night is relatively cool and windy in Murcia, as Japan is generally expected to have the ball in abundance.

Pre-game reading

Team News

Esme Morgan and Niamh Charles will be their first full defensive caps for England, which are without Leah Williamson, Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood.

Beth Mead wins her 50th cap and her Arsenal team-mate Mana Iwabuchi leaves for Japan.

England (possible 4-1-4-1) Ears ; Daly, Bright, Morgan, Charles; Walch; Mead, Stanway, Toone, Kelly; Russian.
Subs: James, Roebuck, Zelem, Wubben-Moy, Le Tissier, Parris, Park, Salmon, Robinson, MacIver, George.

Japan (possible 3-4-3) Yamashita; Miyake, Kumagai, Minami; Shimizu, Sugita, Nagano, Endo; Hasegawa, Iwabuchi, Miyazawa.
Subs: Naomoto, Tanaka, Norimatiu, Seike, Hayashi, Ueki, Kitamura, Takarada, Tanaka, Ohba, Fujino

Arbitrator Zuzana Valentova (Slovakia).

Preamble

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the international friendly match between England and Japan in Murcia. This and the match against Norway on Tuesday are the last in a year that may never get better. Their record in 2022 is more than spectacular: 18 games, 15 wins, no losses, 67 goals and a 60cm trophy.

England’s glorious victory in the European Championship is a thing of the past for Sarina Wiegman, who is keen to add a World Cup to her already formidable CV. England haven’t taken it easy in their preparation – they beat world champions USA last month before drawing with the Czech Republic, and now they face one of Asia’s best . Japan are 11th in the world rankings against fourth England. With a number of key players missing, it’s another chance for Wiegman to gauge England’s depth.

These two have faced each other at the last four World Cups, although the draw for next year’s tournament means they can only meet in the final. England won the group stages in 2011 and 2019, there was a manic draw in 2007 – and an unforgettable semi-final in 2015, when Laura Bassett’s own goal in added time propelled the Japan in the final.

The stakes are much lower tonight, but there are far worse ways to spend a Friday night.

To start up 7:00 p.m. GMT, 8:00 p.m. CET, 4:00 a.m. JST

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