Here is Suzanne Wrack’s report. Bye.
Ellen White is focused on discussing momentum, which the win gives them going into the Spain game.
“It’s about a cleansheet and a win for us.”
Neville says there’s been a lack of respect for Ellen White in recent days, adding that Beth England was fantastic in the first-half.
Neville thinks winning will bring greater togetherness for England.
He does admit that England’s failure to take more chances was frustrating.
4. PM EDT :
Full-time: Japan 0-1 England
There is no doubting that England were the better team for the majority of the game even though they never really got going. Beth England diid a good job up top but her poor finishing could have cost England. White came on and scored with her chance. It helped that Japan were pretty poor opposition, rarely testing Roebuck and even then it was from distance, eventually gifting England the goal.
Hopefully, Neville has learned something about his team but I am not particularly sure what.
4.) (pm) EDT : 22
4. (PM) (EDT) : 24
4). (PM) (EDT)
mins: What has Neville found out tonight? Mainly that White needs to be his main forward and she is the best finisher by far.
4). (pm) EDT : 24
mins: Duggan cuts in from the right and whacks a fearsome shot across goal but Ikeda gets down well and holds on.
4. (pm) EDT :
Some utterly incompetent passing from Japan, sees the ball played straight to Duggan 40 yards from goal, she crosses for White who slots it into the corner. Finally some decent finishing!
mins: there have been a lot of subs and it has had a negative impact on the quality of the match.
(mins:) (Parris is up and fine.)
(3). pm EDT :
mins: Staniforth’s free-kick is headed out to Nobbs (yards from goal but her first-time shot heads into orbit.
Parris goes down in her own half and lets out a horrendous scream – she is not getting up.
mins: Nakajima sends a corner towards the box but it goes straight out of play.
Mary Waltz provides some analysis: “
mins: the left and tries to curl a shot into the top corner but the shot has absolutely no pace on it and Roebuck catches it without fuss.
(3.) (PM) (EDT) :
mins: Nobbs plays an ambitious cross for England but it is a little bit in front of her and the striker has to chase it down, before playing it back.
That’s England’s last action and is being replaced by White. Staniforth is also coming on for Stanway, who did not have her best game.
mins: Williamson has slotted in front of the back four, where Walsh was playing. She operated there for Arsenal last week. Due to her being excellent on the ball, she could fit the role perfectly but would be a loss at center-back.
mins: England have been playing at a higher tempo since making the changes but need to make an impact where it matters soon.
Parris makes an immediate impact by bursting past Sugita who drags her down to stop the winger getting into the box.
Time for a sub or two, Phil?
(3) (pm) EDT
(3) (pm EDT :
mins: The mistakes keep on coming. Hopefully the errors will stop and a good game will break out soon.
Updated (at 4.) PM EDT
3 pm EDT :
mins: England earn a corner, which Kelly lifts straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
3. PM EDT
mins: England fail to clear a free-kick, allowing Japan to come back at them but Momiki’s shot goes well over the bar from 40 yards.
Sugita the ball 43 yards from and England gets the ball in the area but her shot is blocked .
mins: the main difference so far is that even more of the pitch is covered in shade. It would be very helpful if the England players could put bibs on.
Here we go again!
(3.) (PM) (EDT)
There are no shortage of attacking potions on the bench for England. Maybe could see Ellen White come on to show some composure in front of goals.
3. EDT EDT :
If England had shown a degree of composure they would be ahead. Sadly, their finishing has been pretty poor.
Not much to write home about in general.
mins: Japan finally make their sub as Endo comes on for Shimizu.
mins: Mary Waltz emails in : “ It hasn’t paid off yet but I love Hemp’s aggression as he weaved her way down the flanks at a full sprint. . She seems fearless with the ball at her feet. ”
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