Japan’s Mizuho Sakaguchi (6) and Rumi Utsugi (13) celebrate their win over Australia during in FIFA Women’s World Cup quarter-final action in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Saturday Jun 27, 2015.
Tuesday’s game will define the tournament for each team, both of whom operate by a World-Cup-title-or-bust standard.
In the space of just 180 minutes, England have gone from never winning a knockout game at a World Cup and never getting beyond the quarter finals at the tournament, to being only the third senior side to make it to this stage following on from the ’66 winners and Bobby Robson’s 1990 team.
“Our players have a good mentality and the technical skills to score multiple goals”.
‘We deserve this moment, we have worked so hard to get into this position and we gave everything against Canada.
“I think the Japanese players are superior”. “And also their long straight passes are high in quality, so we need to handle that well defensively, and it will be my job is to not let them do what they want to do in front of goal”.
Coach Mark Sampson says tests have been conducted and information sent back to England for analysis.
“There’s a lot of weapons we’re going to chuck their way”.
“Enjoy the game. We all have every faith in you and thank you for giving us all another excuse to stay up late and watch more football!” They have a good team but should have determination and confidence that they can defeat Japan’s bi-champion dream.
England describe themselves as the team in the semi-finals that is here to spoil the party.
“We know we’ve upset the apple cart so far”.
One of the biggest legacies could be that girls think its a sport for them.. Christine Sinclair tried to create some more magic for Canada, scoring in the 42nd minute, but there just wasn’t enough left as the hosts saw their run end and England go through. The crowd would’ve been would have been much larger had England not eliminated the host country in the quarterfinals last weekend.
Duggan was one of the culprits, though her volley off the crossbar was far from a sure thing and she added: “I’m devastated”.
English striker Jodie Taylor is also known to American fans: She played at Oregon State from 2004-07, and she plays for the NWSL’s Portland Thorns alongside Canada’s Christine Sinclair, Germany’s Nadine Angerer and US star Alex Morgan.
England captain Steph Houghton is hoping to capture the imagination of the entire nation as the Women’s team prepare for the World Cup semi-finals in Canada.
The film, released earlier this month, charts the life and career of one of England’s most maverick men’s players.
It was actually the first time that Japan has defeated England in a major global tourney, losing 2-0 to England in the group stage at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, Japan’s last loss in the tournament.