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England Women 4-0 Japan Women: Rachel Daly, Chloe Kelly and Ella Toone inspire friendly win over former world champions | football news

Rachel Daly, Chloe Kelly, Ella Toone and Jess Park were on target in an elegant 4-0 victory as England defeated former world champions Japan at the Pinatar Arena, further strengthening their position as one of the favorites for the Cup. of the World next year.

Newcomer Park, off the substitutes bench, rounded out the scoring late to put the shine on a completely ruthless attacking display, as Sarina Wiegman extended her undefeated reign as coach to 25 games.

Daly’s goal had given England a half-time lead and the European champions changed style after the break when Kelly and Toone scored before 21-year-old Park wrapped things up in the last minute of the 90 .

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Toone, right, celebrates after scoring England’s third goal against Japan.

Kelly, England’s most impressive outing, was rewarded for all her effort in the first half as she swept in a cross from Beth Mead in the 53rd minute, cementing her claim to a regular starting spot in the absence of the injured Lauren Hemp.

Ebony Salmon, another Lionesses newcomer, was involved in England’s final foray of the night when he provided the fourth, stealing possession from Moeke before cutting the ball back to Park for almost immediate impact.

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Sarina Wiegman was forced to make changes with Lauren Hemp absent, Alex Greenwood fatigued and Lucy Bronze ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19.

Fran Kirby was also absent due to illness, but England showed increasing depth as Esme Morgan and Niamh Charles made their first international starts.

Park puts the stamp on a satisfying victory

Park scored just seconds into his debut as England cruised to victory over Japan in Spain, with Wiegman praising his team for their defiance and display of “engaging football”.

The Lionesses are now unbeaten in their last 25 outings, with preparations for next summer’s World Cup well under way.

Japan, ranked 11th in the world, were seen as a unique technical challenge to test England, but they handled it comfortably.

It also showed how blessed England are with innovative young talent, with 21-year-old Salmon capitalizing on Toone’s strike, before orchestrating Park’s opening to score a memorable international arc.

Chelsea striker Lauren James was equally eager to impress and was at the heart of England’s third goal, driving from midfield before passing the ball to Salmon, who in turn assisted Toone.

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