(Women's World Cup) England blank Japan

Sports | 20 Jun 2019 11:46 am

For the first time since Bryan Robson, Peter Shilton and Glenn Hoddle, an England team finished a World Cup group stage with a 3-0 record. 
Ellen White scored both goals, and the Lionesses moved into the round of 16 with a 2-0 victory over Japan last night to win the group. 
Phil Neville's England squad will play a third-place team on Sunday and with a victory would advance to a quarterfinal against Norway or Australia. The victory over Japan came after Neville made eight changes to the starting lineup. 
Japan finished second with a 1-1-1 record and will play the Netherlands or Canada in the round of 16. 
The 30-year-old White scored in the 14th minute when she chipped the ball past goalkeeper Saki Kumagai after being sent clear by Georgia Stanway. White's third goal on the tournament came in the 84th minute following a through-ball by Karen Carney. 
White scored in the opening win over Scotland, then was dropped to the bench against Argentina. 
Neville is likely to stick with his rotation policy for Sunday's match although he admitted he might not make as many changes. 
Trailing by a goal, Japan almost scored when substitute Yuika Sugasawa volleyed narrowly past the left post. -AP

 

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