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Results 2005-2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
An IFCS/England World Cup Farewell Match

Japan 1 England 2 [1-0]
 

UPC-Arena, Liebenau, Graz, Styria, Steiermark, Austria
Attendance: 15,326; Kick-off: 2.25pm CEST, 1.25pm BST;
Live on ITV One (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Japan - Marcus Túlio Tanaka (twelve-yard tap-in 7 6:23)
England - Frank Lampard (penalty saved 56
55:25), Marcus Túlio Tanaka (diving headed own goal 72 71:25), Yuji Nakazawa (tapped-in own goal 83 82:29)
Match Summary
Japan Squad
England Squad
no yellow or red cards

Japan kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Austria

Japan

Type

England

Referee (yellow) - Rene Eisner
33 (15 May 1977*), Steiermark, FIFA-listed 2010.
*FIFA lists year of birth as 1977, Bundesliga state 2 September 197
5

Assistant Referees - Gerd Adanitsch & Klaus Strasser, 39 (28 November 1970).

Fourth official - Alexander Harkam, 28 (17 November 1981), Steiermark.

10 Goal Attempts 13
4 Attempts on Target 7
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 4
1 Offside Calls Against 2
16 Fouls Conceded 8
49.8% Possession 50.2%

Japan Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (26th May 2010) 43rd
ELO rating 40th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue shirts with white Adidas trim and red panel under collar, blue shorts with white Adidas trim, blue socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Makoto Hasebe Coach: Takeshi Okada, 53 (25 August 1956), appointed November 2007.
Japan Lineup
21 Kawashima, Eiji 27 20 March 1983 G Kawasaki Frontale 9 8 GA
2 Abe, Yuki 28 6 September 1981 M Urawa Red Diamonds 43 3
15 Konno, Yasuyuki 27 25 January 1983 RB FC Tokyo 35 0
4 Tanaka, Marcus Túlio 29 24 April 1981 CD Nagoya Grampus 38 9
Marcus Túlio Tanaka's 72nd min own goal scored from a Joe Cole cross. Tanaka's diving header beat Kawashima.
5 Nagatomo, Yuto 23 12 September 1986 LB FC Tokyo 24 3
22 Nakazawa, Yuji 32 25 February 1978 CD Yokohama F. Marinos 103 17
Yuji Nakazawa's 83rd min own goal scored from a Ashley Cole cross. Tanaka's diving leg deflected past Kawashima.
7 Endō, Yasuhito, off 86th min. 30 28 January 1980 M Gamba Osaka 92 8
17 Hasebe, Makoto 26 18 January 1984 M VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 29 1
9 Okazaki, Shinji, off 65th min. 24 16 April 1986 F Shimizu S-Pulse 26 16
16 Okubo, Yoshito, off 71st min. 27 9 June 1982 F Vissel Kobe 47 5
18 Honda, Keisuke 23 13 June 1986 M PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva, Russia 13 4
It was Keisuke Honda's handball led to England's penalty-kick. Honda was in the wall defending a Frank Lampard free-kick.
Japan Substitutes
19 Morimoto, Takayuki, on 65th min. for Okazaki 22 7 May 1988 F Calcio Catania SpA, Italy 4 1
8 Matsui, Daisuke, on 71st min. for Okubu 29 11 May 1981 M Grenoble Foot 38, France 23 1
11 Tamada, Keji, on 86th min. for Endō 30 11 April 1980 F Nagoya Grampus 69 16

unused substitutes:

1-Seigo Narazaki, 3-Yūichi Komano, 6-Atsuto Uchida, 10-Shunsuke Nakamura, 12-Kisho Yano, 13-Daiki Iwamasa, 14-Kengo Nakamura, 20-Junichi Inamoto, 23-Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi.
 
 4-3-3 Kawashima -
Konno, Nakazawa, Tanaka, Nagatomo -
Hasebe, Abe, Endō
(Tamada) -
Honda, Okazaki
(Morimoto), Okubo (Matsui).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 41.7 6.0

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (26th May 2010) 8th
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 2010 away uniform - Red shirts with white cuffs, white shorts with red trim, red socks.
Capt: Rio Ferdinand, 5th captaincy Coach: Fabio Capello, 63, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
24th match, W 18 - D 2 - L 4 - F 61 - A 20.
England Lineup
1 James, David B., off 46th min. 39 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 50 42 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M., off 46th min. 25 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 22 1
3 Cole, Ashley 29 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 78 0
4 Huddlestone, Thomas A., off 46th min. 23 28 December 1986 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 31 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 78 2
6 Terry, John G. 29 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 60 6
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 46th min. 21 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 11 3
8 Lampard, Frank J.
missed penalty (56)
31 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

78 20
9 Bent, Darren A., off 46th min. 26 6 February 1984 F Sunderland AFC 6 0
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 24 24 October 1985 F

Manchester United FC

60 25
11 Lennon, Aaron J., off 76th min. 23 16 April 1987 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 17 0
England Substitutes
13 Carragher, James L.D., on 46th min. for Johnson 32 28 January 1978 D Liverpool FC 36 0
20 Gerrard, Steven G., on 46th min. for Huddlestone 30 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 80 16
24 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 46th min. for Walcott 28 25 October 1981 M Manchester City FC 31 6
25 Cole, Joseph J., on 46th min. for Bent 28 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 54 10
29 Hart, C. Joseph J., on 46th min. for James 23 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 3 0 GA
28 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 76th min. for Lennon 32 11 January 1978 F Aston Villa FC 58 7

unused substitutes:

12-Robert Green, 14-Michael Dawson, 15-Matthew Upson, 16-Ledley King (rested), 17-Stephen Warnock, 18-Leighton Baines, 19-Scott Parker, 21-Michael Carrick, 22-James Milner, 23-Adam Johnson, 26-Peter Crouch, 27-Jermain Defoe.
 
1st     4-4-2 James -
Johnson, Ferdinand, Terry,
A.Cole -
Walcott, Huddlestone, Lampard, Lennon
-
Bent, Rooney.
2nd  4-4-1-1 Hart -
Carragher, Ferdinand, Terry, A.Cole -
Lennon
(Heskey), Lampard, Gerrard, Wright-Phillips
-
J.Cole -
Rooney.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals 42.1 5.3

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

This was the last chance for Fabio Capello to look at some of the options before he trimmed his World Cup squad from 30 to 23 players, and it was interesting to see who grabbed their last chance.  Not unexpectedly the match was a poor one overall, and England's performance reflected the disjointed team selection and formation.  It was also noticeable that, whatever anyone thinks, the players were not prepared to risk being injured with the tournament now just days away, and the performance reflected that mood.  Having said all that, it was good to note a second-half fightback that kept England's winning run going, against a spirited Japanese side, who will also be competing in South Africa.

After a bright enough start England found themselves a goal down after just seven minutes.  If one thing is worrying the manager it will be his side's incapacity to keep a clean sheet and the defensive frailties were evident again with the goal.  It came from a corner taken by Yasuhito Endo and the England players were asleep as Marcus Tanaka hit the ball past David James.  Both Glen Johnson and Tom Huddlestone should shoulder the bulk of the blame but most of the defenders were guilty of ball watching.

So once again England had to snap out of a lethargic opening and to be fair they tried hard to string some passes together.  Japan were winning the midfield battle however and all too often they easily broke through to the England rearguard.  But James hardly had a save to make as Japan lacked punch in attack.  At the other end Frank Lampard hit a dipping long-range effort, which was scrambled clear by goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, with some difficulty.  Then England's best attack of the first half almost brought an equaliser as a superb Wayne Rooney run and pass gave the speeding Aaron Lennon a guilt edged chance on his left foot.  Kawashima got down well to block the shot but Lennon really should have scored.  It almost proved very costly when another Japanese attack ended with a shot just over at the other end.  Rooney did manage another near miss when he cleverly deflected a Huddlestone shot, destined for the corner flag, just wide of the post.

Not for the first time Capello had to have a rethink at the break, and the sight of five substitutes waiting to come on as the players emerged after the interval reflected that.  On came Joe Hart, Jamie Carragher, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole and immediately there was a distinct improvement in England's performance.  Gerrard, on his 30th birthday, looked really sharp and Joe Cole was eager to make up for his lost time through injury.  Joe Hart, too, looked as though he was making a late challenge for the number one goalkeeping slot and he was soon in action with a good save from Keisuka Honda. 

Japan's attacks were less frequent now though as England pressed their midfield more convincingly, but it took a moment of madness from Honda to offer England a way back into the match.  The Japanese player blatantly blocked a free-kick from Lampard with his arm and the referee had no hesitation in giving a penalty.  The Chelsea player stepped up, but just as he had done in the FA Cup Final, he fluffed the kick.  This time Kawashima got down well to his right to push the ball away.  It is a bit worrying, especially with England's past record, when your main penalty taker is missing two in a row with a World Cup just around the corner! 

However, England were much more in control during this period of the game with Gerrard and Joe Cole adding much more to the England attacking play.  Hondo did force Hart to make another excellent save as the goalkeeper continued to impress, but England were now looking a little more threatening themselves.  It was Joe Cole who finally created the breakthrough in the 72nd minute after he found himself on the right.  As his cross came in Tanaka equalised his earlier goal by deflecting the cross past the unfortunate Kawashima.  It was a stroke of luck, that is true, but by now England deserved the goal.  Rooney saw a fine shot brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper and both Gerrard and Lampard then went close.  With seven minutes to go, with the rain now lashing down in the stadium and thunder and lightening crashing all around, another slice of good fortune gave England victory.  This time it was Ashley Cole who broke down the left and aimed a cross to Rooney at the far post.  It probably wouldn't have reached the striker but no matter, central defender Nakazawa, decided to have a touch of the greasy ball and again it deflected into the net for an own goal.  It was the first time England had had two own goals scored for them in the same match, and you had to feel a little sorry for the guilty Japanese players as they had otherwise had excellent games for their country.

Capello sent on Emile Heskey for the last five minutes, for what reason it was unclear, but it did give the Aston Villa player the chance to miss an absolute sitter from Gerrard's pinpoint cross.

So, England got out of jail and claimed a rather fortuitous win, but a win is a win and England can now concentrate on the job in hand, namely to win the World Cup.  One last observation, it has often been evident in football and in cricket, that if all eleven players perform well in an England shirt at the same time, then we can beat anyone.  We must carry no passengers on the journey through the next few weeks.

Good luck lads.

Source Notes

Official Matchday Programme
BBC Sport
TheFA.com
ITV.com/football
FIFA.com
JFA website
Samurai Blue
RateTheRef
Bundesliga.at
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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