England win SheBelieves Cup with clinical victory over Japan

England win SheBelieves Cup with clinical victory over Japan

England were in cruise control and hunting for blood, but there was nothing manic or frenzied about this. Instead their composure verged on the serene. They were sharp and incisive. No better was it personified than in the clarity with which Walsh, with all the effortlessness of a bored office worker floating paper planes into a waste paper basket, despatched the onrushing Beth Mead from halfway to convert assuredly. 

England 4-5-1: Telford; Greenwood, Williamson, Houghton, Bronze; Carney (Duggan 65), Christiansen (Stanway 39), Walsh (Bonner 59), Staniforth (Kirby 80), Mead (Ubogagu 65); Taylor (White 53).

SUBS NOT USED: Bardsley (g), Earps (g), McManus, Stokes, Daly, Parris

BOOKINGS: Houghton 85

Japan 4-4-2: Yamane; Sameshima, Oga (Momiki 51), Minami, Shimizu (Miyagawa 80); Sakaguchi (Kobayashi 51), Hasegawa, Matsubara, Sugita; Ikejiri (Miiura 51), Endo (Yokoyama 51)

SUBS NOT USED: Takenaka (g), Utsugi, Ariyoshi, Miyagawa

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