England will play Nadeshiko Japan on Wednesday 26th June at Burton Albion in front of a reported 4,000 supporters. Kick-off is at 13:45 (local time).
England are preparing for this summer’s Euro 2013 tournament, and Japan will provide strong competitive opposition for the previous final’s runners-up.
England’s form heading in to the tournament is very positive. They won the Cyprus Women’s Cup, beating tough opponents Canada in the Final, before beating them again in a International friendly.
Nadeshiko Japan have not been at their best during recent International friendlies and tournaments. Whether Norio Sasaki is experimenting with his squad and tactics, or there has been a lack of playing time for some of the players, it is clear to see that the Japanese side are not 100%. However, Japan did earn a 1-1 draw against New Zealand in a recent International friendly, although some would have expected a win for the World Champions, the Football Ferns were extremely strong opponents.
|England Starting Line-up||Japan Starting Line-up|
18 Ayumi Kaihori
Live Match Updates:
Full-time: England 1-1 Japan (Aluko 41′, Kawasumi 76′)
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