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England are one game away from going the entirety of 2022 unbeaten after a 4-0 victory over Japan in their penultimate match of the year.

Goals from Rachel Daly, Chloe Kelly, Ella Toone and Jess Park saw the Lionesses to a comfortable friendly victory at the Pinitar Arena on Friday evening.

England will wrap up a memorable year with an unbeaten record should they avoid defeat against Norway on Tuesday.

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The Lionesses were missing a number of key players through injury and illness, giving first senior starts to youngsters Niamh Charles and Esme Morgan. However, it was familiar faces in the thick of the action from the off, Toone forcing Ayaka Yamashita into a save inside two minutes after firing towards the top corner from range. The Japan goalkeeper was equal to her effort.

Kelly was starting on the left in place of the injured Lauren Hemp, and was wreaking havoc with her ability to cut inside and deliver with her right foot. Alessia Russo should have given England the lead following one particularly superb Kelly cross, but she glanced her header onto the post.

The Lionesses were really pushing for the opener, this time Beth Mead coming close after being found by Toone and Yamashita palming her effort around the post.

The opening goal deservedly came eight minutes before the break. Another terrific Kelly cross caused chaos in the Japan box and Daly – a constant source of goals for Aston Villa this season – arrived late from right back to fire low past Yamashita.

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Having been England’s primary creator in the first half, Kelly got herself on the scoresheet seven minutes into the second, crashing home Mead’s cross after it had evaded Russo.

Youngsters Lauren James and Ebony Salmon were introduced just after the hour mark, and the pair were in the thick of the action as England added a third 13 minutes from time. James provided the driving carry, before Salmon slid Toone in with a smart reverse pass, and the Manchester United midfielder found the bottom corner.

Park was introduced for her senior debut on the stroke of full time, and she marked it in dream fashion by passing the ball into an empty net after being found by 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.

Yui Hasegawa, Keira Walsh

Walsh is marshalled by Hasegawa / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

GK: Mary Earps – 7/10 – Held a low Hasegawa drive in the first half, and kept hold of another strike from the Man City midfielder in the second half. Claimed a number of crosses well to ease any pressure on the England backline.

RB: Rachel Daly – 8/10 –
Not even playing at full-back could prevent her from continuing her prolific goal scoring season, giving England the lead with a low, left footed finish.

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CB: Millie Bright – 7/10 – Recovered well to prevent Miyazawa getting in behind in the second half, and turned in a resilient defensive display to ensure Japan rarely threatened.

CB: Esme Morgan – 7/10 – A first start for the senior side, composed on the ball and swept up well to ensure Earps had a quiet evening. Made up an inexperienced left side of England’s defence

LB: Niamh Charles – 7/10 – Making her first senior start for England, made a great recovery tackle to halt a marauding Shimizu in the first half, and had a really good battle with the West Ham full-back throughout.

CM: Keira Walsh – 7/10 – Sent Mead scurrying in behind in the build up to England’s second with an excellent ball in behind. Characteristically cool and efficient in possession.

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CM: Georgia Stanway (89′ for Park) – 6/10 – Cleverly played in Russo in the second half. Typically tenacious.

CM: Ella Toone (83′ for Parris) – 8/10 – Drew a save with a strike from range inside the opening two minutes, and fed Mead for one of England’s best opportunities in the first half. Drifted into pockets and linked play well. Coolly found the bottom corner for England’s third.

RW: Beth Mead – 7/10 – Came close to opening the scoring in the first half, but saw her effort tipped around the post. Won the ball back inside the Japan box in the build up to England’s opener, and set up her side’s second with a burst in behind and low cross.

ST: Alessia Russo (63′ for Salmon) – 6/10 – Glanced a header onto the post when she probably should have scored in the first half. Linked play neatly throughout.

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LW: Chloe Kelly (63′ for James) – 9/10 – England’s most dangerous player in the first half, cutting inside and producing a selection of fabulous crosses – the second of which Russo should have buried, and the third leading to the Lionesses’ opener. Emphatically crashed home England’s second with her left foot.

SUB: Lauren James (63′ for Kelly) – 6/10 – Involved in the England goal with a driving carry.

SUB: Ebony Salmon (63′ for Russo) – 8/10 – Smartly picked out Toone for England’s third, and created England’s fourth herself with her pressure and low cross

SUB: Nikita Parris (83′ for Toone) – 6/10

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SUB: Jess Park (89′ for Stanway) – N/A – On the scoresheet at the death with a simple finish for a debut goal.

SUB: Katie Zelem (89′ for Walsh) – N/A

Player of the Match – Chloe Kelly



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Katie Zelem discusses the ‘catch 22’ Man Utd face ahead of Old Trafford return

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Manchester United captain Katie Zelem has described the two-week break since a momentous WSL win over Arsenal as ‘catch 22’ for the squad because that time out of action before facing Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday has both positive and negative implications.

Having lost to Chelsea in early November, their first league defeat of the season, United responded by mounting a 3-2 comeback win at the Emirates Stadium when club football resumed after the recent international break.

Another two-week pause in the club schedule, during which time United have played a behind closed doors friendly, has offered both the chance for rest for starters and minutes for those less involved so far this season. But there is a risk that positive momentum fades.

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“It’s catch 22 in football. Everyone is dying for a break, but equally when you’ve got a good run of momentum, you want to keep it going,” Zelem said of the paradoxical situation.

“We’ve got to look at it as a positive. People were able to get minutes in a friendly match we played. We obviously had a hard week of training and it means we’ve been able to prep properly for the Villa game. Often, when there are really busy three game weeks, it reduces your prep time.

“As a team, we’re in a really good place going into the weekend and we all can’t wait.”

United manager Marc Skinner welcomed the opportunity for rest, insisting that it is the team that is responsible for nurturing momentum.

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“It was probably a good moment to recharge, get everybody fresh and just make sure we’re competitive within the team because that’s the real driving factor for us,” Skinner explained.

“I’ve said this before, whether it’s a loss going into a break, or a win going into a break, it’s about us taking charge of momentum.”

As far as the game itself, United have won on both previous occasions they have played at Old Trafford – against West Ham in 2021 and Everton earlier in 2022 – and find familiarity that the pitch dimensions are actually the same as at usual home stadium Leigh Sports Village.

Even if the setting will obviously be different because of the much larger stands that surround the grass, it feeds into their preferred style of play and makes the transition smoother.

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“We pride ourselves on keeping the ball and building our attacks. For us, at Old Trafford that will be vitally important,” Zelem went on to say.

“We know that Villa will try and catch us on the break and they’ve got a lot of attacking threats. We need to look at it like we’re playing at Leigh…it’s obviously a lot harder when there are so many more people and huge stands around you. It’s just another game for us and that’s how we’re taking it.”

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Club Leon appoint Nicolas Larcamon as new head coach

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Club Leon has appointed Nicolas Larcamon as the new head coach, ahead of the 2023 Liga MX Clausura. 

He replaces Renato Paiva, who announced his departure just days ago.

Larcamon now joins after serving as head of Puebla for two years, where he managed a record of 27W-21L-32D in 80 Liga MX games total. During the 2022 Liga MX Apertura, Larcamon inspired Puebla to eighth on the table and the Liguilla quarter-finals before falling to Club America. 

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He announced his resignation from Puebla shortly after being eliminated from the Liguilla, claiming the team needed ‘renewed energy’.

“The truth is that the decision is mine, obviously that the perspectives of what is coming for the team at all levels are taken into account a little, which is going to be very challenging,” he said to TUDN.

”That is why I understood it very fair to give the place to someone with renewed energy, with maximum motivation, the institution deserves it. There were four tournaments of great intensity, demands, where we were always at our best, and the decision had more to do with these issues. There was a lot of speculation, it coincided with Piojo in Tigres, but it has nothing to do with it. it was a decision made days before and we were only in negotiations.”

He will now take on new challenges with Club Leon. 

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The team concluded the 2022 Apertura in 10th place, qualifying to the Liguilla playoff match before losing 1-0 to Cruz Azul. 

Leon kicks off the 2023 Clausura on January 6, against Mazatlan.

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Ben White leaves England World Cup squad due to ‘personal reasons’

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Arsenal star Ben White has left England’s World Cup training camp and isn’t expected to return for the remainder of the tournament.

The defender didn’t make an appearance in any of the Three Lions group stage games, and has now left the squad due to ‘personal reasons’.

In a statement released by England, the Three Lions confirmed the news: “Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.

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“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time.”

White has enjoyed a fantastic domestic season with Arsenal, becoming the club’s first choice right-back – and one of the best right-backs in the Premier League – as the Gunners have gone from top four challengers to table-toppers.

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