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

Yankey (c)

18          Ayumi Kaihori
2            Saori Ariyoshi
3            Azusa Iwashimizu (c)
13          Rumi Utsugi
22          Kana Osafune
4            Saki Kumagai
6            Mizuho Sakaguchi
7            Kozue Ando
9            Nahomi Kawasumi
11           Shinobu Ohno
17          Yuki Ogimi



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Full-time: England 1-1 Japan (Aluko 41′, Kawasumi 76′)






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  1. Mia Mon 10 years ago

    has anyone presented a good analysis why France loses in crucial knockout games? is it bad rotation or selection or something else…?

  2. gromit 10 years ago

    No, no I was joking of course ! There is not a single Women’s team in the world that I “hate”. I don’t like the club of Chelsea in itself (originally, the men’s team), because I never liked their way of playing, and because I found too many players (Terry, Lampard, Torres, etc.) and coach (Mourinho) arrogant. But I always like Drogba very much…

    As for the girls of Chelsea, I have of course absolutely nothing against them ! But it’s true that my heart goes first to Arsenal and Liverpool. And Bristol for sentimental reason, since it is the home-town of Aardman Studios whose most famous, beautiful, clever, faithfull, brave, lovely and cute character is named Gromit ;o))

  3. Ken Suzuki 10 years ago

    Well, if not this year, maybe next.

    But, why do you hate Chelsea? Do they commit many fouls??? 

  4. gromit 10 years ago

    @Ken, (and Gina will correct me if I say non-sense), I think that we already know the two English teams for 2013-2014 C1 : Arsenal and Birmingham. For the 2014-2015 C1, we’ll have to wait for the end of the current championship (FA WSL) which, as in Japan, has started, then stopped for the Euro (not even at half-way), then will resume in August to finish mid-september. Unless I am mistaken and the first two in september 2013 will play the 2013-14 C1 ? I don’t know when C1 starts, actually…

    Anyway, Arsenal (who won the last 16 national titles) and Liverpool are likely to be those two. You can have a look at the table position HERE.

    Even if Yuki plays all the second part of this season with Chelsea, I have all doubts that the Blues can fill the gap of 8 pts to Liverpool and Bristol (and they already played one more game). And it’s getting more complicated when you see that Arsenal has the same number of points than Chelsea, but with… three more matches to play (that is possibly 9 pts)…

    And I’m happy with that since I like Arsenal and Liverpool, and dislike Chelsea ;o)

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