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Jul 1, 2015

England shrug off Japan coach’s ‘superior’ view

EDMONTON (Reuters) – A bullish Japan coach Norio Sasaki believes his players are technically “superior” to England’s as he ramped up the pressure ahead of their women’s World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

“I don’t think the players are overconfident but it seems the coach is overconfident,” joked Sasaki, speaking through a translator. “The players as individuals and as a team I hope that they will keep that confidence.

Jul 1, 2015

Soccer-England shrug off Japan coach’s ‘superior’ view

EDMONTON, June 30 (Reuters) – A bullish Japan coach Norio Sasaki believes his players are technically “superior” to England’s as he ramped up the pressure ahead of their women’s World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

“I don’t think the players are overconfident but it seems the coach is overconfident,” joked Sasaki, speaking through a translator. “The players as individuals and as a team I hope that they will keep that confidence.

Jun 30, 2015

Upstart England try to end Japan’s title defense

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Defending champions Japan are one win away from a return trip to the Women’s World Cup final, and standing in their way is an upbeat England team that beat hosts Canada to reach Wednesday’s semi-final.

While it is no shock to see Japan, who have won their last eight World Cup games dating back to 2011, in the tournament’s last four, England’s rise to the elite of the women’s game has surprised many.

Jun 30, 2015

Soccer-Upstart England try to end Japan’s title defense

EDMONTON, June 30 (Reuters) – Defending champions Japan are one win away from a return trip to the Women’s World Cup final, and standing in their way is an upbeat England team that beat hosts Canada to reach Wednesday’s semi-final.

While it is no shock to see Japan, who have won their last eight World Cup games dating back to 2011, in the tournament’s last four, England’s rise to the elite of the women’s game has surprised many.

Jun 30, 2015

England need ‘confrontational’ approach against Japan

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson says his Lionesses will need to have a ‘confrontational’ approach to beat defending champions Japan in their Women’s World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Japan wore out Australia in their quarter-final, forcing them to chase after their crisp passing for long stretches, but Sampson says, while the challenge will be difficult, his team have the physical attributes for the task.

Jun 30, 2015

Soccer-England need ‘confrontational’ approach against Japan

EDMONTON, June 29 (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson says his Lionesses will need to have a ‘confrontational’ approach to beat defending champions Japan in their Women’s World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Japan wore out Australia in their quarter-final, forcing them to chase after their crisp passing for long stretches, but Sampson says, while the challenge will be difficult, his team have the physical attributes for the task.

Jun 29, 2015

Retentive Japan not underestimating England

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England may be being written off by some as rank outsiders for their Women’s World Cup semi-final against defending champions Japan, but their opponents certainly aren’t under-estimating them.

The Lionesses beat hosts Canada 2-1 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals for the first time, but Japan know very well that they are up against a dangerous opponent having lost to England 2-0 during the group stage in 2011.

Jun 29, 2015

Soccer-Retentive Japan not underestimating England

EDMONTON, June 29 (Reuters) – England may be being written off by some as rank outsiders for their Women’s World Cup semi-final against defending champions Japan, but their opponents certainly aren’t under-estimating them.

The Lionesses beat hosts Canada 2-1 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals for the first time, but Japan know very well that they are up against a dangerous opponent having lost to England 2-0 during the group stage in 2011.

Jun 29, 2015

Soccer – England hoping to benefit from Commonwealth spirit

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England’s Lionesses may have ruined Canada’s Women’s World Cup party but they are now hoping the local fans switch their loyalties to backing them as the tournament underdogs.

The day after a 2-1 win over the Canadians in Vancouver, England flew to Edmonton to begin preparing for Wednesday’s semi-final against holders Japan at the Commonwealth Stadium.

Jun 28, 2015

England coach optimistic keeper Bardsley healthy for semi

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson is optimistic goalkeeper Karen Bardsley will recover from a mystery eye problem in time for the Women’s World Cup semi-final against Japan on Wednesday.

Bardsley had to be withdrawn in the 52nd minute of England’s 2-1 win over Canada in Vancouver on Saturday after suffering an eye inflammation. She was replaced by Siobhan Chamberlain.

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