Japan v England, Women’s World Cup LIVE: Lionesses look to top Group D

Japan 0-0 England, Women’s World Cup LIVE: Lionesses look to top Group D against former champions

  • England play their final group-stage match against Japan on Wednesday night
  • Phil Neville’s side can top Group D if they avoid defeat at the Stade de Nice
  • Lionesses have already secured their last-16 place after two wins from two
  • England XI: Bardsley, Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes, Walsh, Scott, Daly, Duggan, Stanway, White
  • Japan XI: Yamashita, Shimizu, Kumagai, Ichise, Sameshima, Kobayashi, Nakajima, Sugita, Endo, Yokoyama, Iwabuchi 

England can secure a top spot finish in Group D if they avoid defeat in their final first-round clash against Japan on Wednesday night.

After back-to-back victories over Scotland and Argentina, Phil Neville’s Lionesses have already secured their place in the last-16.

Follow all the action from Nice with Sportsmail’s JAMES DUTTON, with kick-off at 8pm BST.

Host commentator

9 mins: Japan have a free-kick, about 35 yards from goal. They’re gonna have a go. Yokayama lets fly and it’s heading straight into the top corner. Bardsley gets across well to tip it onto the crossbar and over for a corner.

7 mins: England pressing well and showing their physicality so far, Japan haven’t had a sniff so far.

3 mins: England get in behind on the right. Daly loses her marker and wrongfoots her but the cross is cleared and the loose ball fails to fall for a white shirt.

Both teams are out on the pitch. Anthems in a mo, and then kick-off in six minutes.

Kick-off is 15 minutes away.



‘I want us to play three, win three and affect the mindset of other people in the tournament,’ he said. 

‘But more importantly give my players more confidence. Forget the group permutations. I think playing three, winning three in a group everyone said was the Group of Death would send a strong statement. We’ve got a long way to go but [playing the US or France] excites us.’

Both sets of players getting down pitchside at the Stade de Nice ahead of kick-off. Looks like a lovely sunny evening in the south of France.



England top with two from two. Scotland take on Argentina in the other group game being played tonight.

JAPAN XI: Yamashita, Shimizu, Kumagai, Ichise, Sameshima, Kobayashi, Nakajima, Sugita, Endo, Yokoyama, Iwabuchi

England XI: Bardsley, Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes, Walsh, Scott, Daly, Duggan, Stanway, White

Huge boost for Phil Neville with Toni Duggan back in the side after injury. Eight changes from the team that beat Argentina, the Lionesses making use of their progress already to change things up and take a look at the wider squad.

Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of England’s final World Cup group match – boy has that come along fast! 

It’s into the business end of international football after this, but first up it’s Japan in Nice. England are into the last-16 but avoiding defeat tonight will see them top Group D.

A huge evening awaits us.




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