Rivalry reprised as England and Japan vie for pole position

England and Japan will be out to maintain their record of producing memorable FIFA Women’s World Cup™ encounters as they meet for the fourth successive edition on Wednesday.

From the quality produced by Kelly Smith and Aya Miyama in 2007 to the drama and emotion of Laura Bassett’s semi-final own goal four years ago, a high standard has been set. Now these teams meet with qualification assured and top spot to play for.

Japan need a win to unseat the Lionesses while maximum points are essential for both Argentina and Scotland at the Parc des Princes. A victory would guarantee the South Americans’ place in the last 16 while success would give the Scots a chance of finishing among the best third-place sides. Both know that anything less will send them tumbling out.

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