England are now just one game away from completing 2022 unbeaten. They defeated Japan 4-0 in their penultimate match. Ayaka Yamashita was forced to save a Toone goal by two minutes after she had fired towards the top corner of the range. Japan’s goalkeeper was equally impressive. Kelly started on the left in the place of Lauren Hemp and was making havoc with her ability cut inside and deliver with her left foot. AlessiaRusso should have given England a lead following a particularly strong Kelly cross. However, she missed her header on the post. Beth Mead was close to scoring when Yamashita and Toone found her. The goal that opened the game came eight minutes before the end. Another brilliant Kelly cross caused havoc in the Japan box, and Daly – who has been a consistent source of goals for Aston Villa this year – arrived late from right-back to fire low past Yamashita. The pair were there as England added a third goal 13 minutes later. James provided the driving drive, before Salmon slid Toone into the box with a smart reverse pass. Park was introduced for her senior debut, and she made it look effortless by passing the ball into an unmarked net after being found Salmon. The goal was all about the endeavour and industry of Salmon to chase a seemingly lost cause, wrapping up victory for England in style.Walsh is marshalled by Hasegawa / Clive Brunskill/GettyImagesGK Mary Earps – 7/10 In the first half, he held a low Hasegawa strike and in the second, he kept hold of another strike by the Man City midfielder. To ease pressure on the England backline, Claimed a number well.
RB: Rachel Daly 8/10 Even playing at full-back would not stop her from continuing her prolific goal scoring seasons, giving England the lead with a low left foot finish.CB: Millie Bright 7/10 – Recovered well in the second half to stop Miyazawa from getting in behind, and put on a resilient defensive display to ensure Japan was rarely threatened.CB: Esme & Morgan – 7/10. This was the first start of the senior side. Esme was composed on the ball and swept up nicely to ensure Earps had an enjoyable evening. Made up the left side of England’s defence.LB: Niamh Charles 7/10 – This was her first senior start for England. She made a great recovery tackle in the first half to stop a marauding Shimizu and had a great battle with the West Ham fullback throughout.CM: Keira Walsh – 7/10. Sent Mead is seen scurrying behind in the buildup to England’s second with a great ball in behind. Characteristically cool and efficient in possession.CM: Georgia Stanway (89’ Park) – 6/10 – Cleverly played Russo in halftime. Typicalally tenacious.CM: Ella Toone (83’ for Parris – 8/10) – Drew a save with an immediate strike from range and fed Mead for one the best England’s opportunities in the first period. Drifted into pockets and connected play well. Coolly found England’s bottom corner for the third.RW: Beth Mead (7/10) – Close to scoring in the first period, but her effort was tipped around by the post. In the build-up to England’s opener, won the ball back in the Japan box. She also set up her side’s second goal with a burst from behind and a low cross.ST: AlessiaRusso (63’for Salmon) – 6/10 It was a neatly linked play all the way.LW: Chloe Kelly (63’ for James – 9/10) – England’s most dangerous player during the first half. She cut inside and produced a number of spectacular crosses, the second of which Russo should bury and the third leading to the Lionesses opener. England’s second goal was brought home by her left foot.SUB: Lauren James (63’ for Kelly) – 6/10 Participated in England’s goal with a driving carry.SUB: Ebony Salmon (63’ for Russo) 8/10 – Toone was selected smartly for England’s third and fourth, and she also created England’s fourth using her pressure and low crossingSUB: Nikita Paarris (83′ For Toone) – 6/10SUB Jess Park (89’ For Stanway) – N/A – On the scoresheet at death with a simple finish to a debut goal.SUB: Katie Zelem 89′ for Walsh – N/APlayer Of The Match – Chloe Kelly