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England win SheBelieves Cup for first time - highlights & report

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Highlights: England 3-0 Japan
England won the SheBelieves Cup for the first time after thrashing Japan in their final match in Tampa.Jodie Taylor set up Lucy Staniforth to fire England into an early lead with a fine low finish from outside the area.Karen Carney doubled the lead when she nodded in from Taylor's lofted cut-back before Beth Mead fired in a third before half-time.
England also beat Brazil and drew with hosts USA to ensure they topped the four-team round-robin competition. It is the first time England have won the invitational tournament which was introduced in 2016, having lost to world champions USA in last year's final.England, ranked fourth in the world, also meet Japan again in the group stages of this summer's World Cup in France, which kicks off on 7 June.
Relive England's victory over Japan
Ruthless first half from England
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'Pass of the tournament' helps Mead score England's third
Japan knocked England out in the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2015 but failed to impose themselves following a dominant first-half display from the Lionesses.Taylor lit up the show, using her pace to cause the defence problems and showing her class to set up Staniforth with an excellent pass on the turn. The Euro 2017 golden boot winner then lifted an inch-perfect ball into Carney to pick up a second assist within 23 minutes.But Keira Walsh's sensational diagonal ball set up the goal of the night as Mead took it in her stride before cutting into the box and firing into the back of the net.That rounded off a near-perfect opening half, with Izzy Christiansen's injury the only negative for Phil Neville's side.
bbc.comJapan came out of the blocks with more intensity in the second half and came close through Rikako Kobayashi and Aya Sameshima.Substitute Yuka Momiki should have scored just before the hour but she dragged her shot wide from close-range under pressure from England keeper Carly Telford. Telford was also forced to tip Kobayashi's half-volley over the bar after Hina Sugita's header bounced inches wide of the left post.Neville's substitutions disrupted rhythm after the break, but England's lead was never in any danger as Japan failed to match the clinical shooting the Lionesses displayed in the first half.
'There's bigger things to come' - Neville
England manager Phil Neville speaking to BBC Sport: "It was a sensational performance. I wasn't that bothered before the tournament whether we won or lost, I just wanted to see an improvement and we go home knowing we are definitely in the right direction. "We just keep listening to USA, Japan and Brazil talk about how good we are. But we remain humble, have fun and enjoy moments like this."You don't get many chances to get your hands on a trophy. It is my first as a manager so I am just going to enjoy it. It's great for everybody but I think we have bigger things to aim for. We will enjoy it but tomorrow we will look forward to the April camp."
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Phil Neville made eight changes to the starting XI following the 2-2 draw with Brazil
'A big statement' - analysis
Former England forward Sue Smith on BBC TV: "That will send out a statement to the rest of the world. That was a fantastic, professional performance. England had to defend in the second half and they did. It was brilliant from an England perspective."Ex-Arsenal and England international Alex Scott on BBC TV: "In the friendly games we have been wasteful in front of goal but the goals we have scored in this tournament have been fantastic. We have been more clinical. "Japan's defending could have been better but England have improved so I want to look at those positives. It's that winning feeling. There are so many positives to take from this tournament and you get to pick up silverware."England defender Laura Bassett on BBC TV: "For England to go over to the USA and win this makes a big statement and ticks a lot of boxes... Japan were unlucky not to get a goal but it was great for England to keep a clean sheet."
Line-ups
Match Stats
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Line-ups
Japan Women
21Yamane
22ShimizuSubstituted forMiyagawaat 80'minutes
23Minami
12OgaSubstituted forMomikiat 45'minutes
3Sameshima
8SakaguchiSubstituted forKobayashiat 45'minutes
16Matsubara
9Sugita
14Hasegawa
13IkejiriSubstituted forMiuraat 45'minutes
19EndoSubstituted forYokoyamaat 45'minutes
Substitutes
1Takenaka
2Utsugi
6Ariyoshi
11Kobayashi
15Momiki
17Miura
20Yokoyama
24Miyagawa
England Women
13Telford
2Bronze
5HoughtonBooked at 85mins[/i]
15Williamson
3Greenwood
8ChristiansenSubstituted forStanwayat 39'minutes
4WalshSubstituted forBonnerat 59'minutes
22MeadSubstituted forUbogaguat 65'minutes
23StaniforthSubstituted forKirbyat 81'minutes
20CarneySubstituted forDugganat 65'minutes
9TaylorSubstituted forWhiteat 51'minutes
Substitutes
1Bardsley
6McManus
7Parris
10Kirby
11Duggan
12Stokes
14Bonner
16Ubogagu
17Daly
18White
19Stanway
21Earps
Referee:Christina UnkelAttendance:8,580
Match Stats
Home TeamJapan WomenAway TeamEngland WomenPossessionHome51%Away49%ShotsHome16Away10Shots on TargetHome4Away4CornersHome2Away0FoulsHome10Away7
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Match ends, Japan 0, England 3.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+3' Second Half ends, Japan 0, England 3.Posted at 90'+2' Hand ball by Ellen White (England).Posted at 89' Attempt blocked. Narumi Miura (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kumi Yokoyama.Posted at 88' Chioma Ubogagu (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 88' Foul by Narumi Miura (Japan).Posted at 88' Attempt blocked. Kumi Yokoyama (Japan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aya Sameshima.Posted at 87' Attempt saved. Rikako Kobayashi (Japan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yuka Momiki with a cross.Posted at 86' Corner, Japan. Conceded by Alex Greenwood.
Booking
Posted at 85' Stephanie Houghton (England) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 85' Foul by Stephanie Houghton (England).Posted at 85' Hina Sugita (Japan) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution
Posted at 81' Substitution, England. Francesca Kirby replaces Lucy Staniforth.
Substitution
Posted at 80' Substitution, Japan. Asato Miyagawa replaces Risa Shimizu.Posted at 79' Corner, Japan. Conceded by Carly Telford.Posted at 79' Attempt saved. Rikako Kobayashi (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.Posted at 78' Attempt missed. Hina Sugita (Japan) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.Posted at 75' Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (England) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Greenwood following a set piece situation.Posted at 75' Hand ball by Hina Sugita (Japan).Posted at 72' Foul by Ellen White (England).Posted at 72' Moeka Minami (Japan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 70' Attempt missed. Ellen White (England) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.Posted at 70' Attempt missed. Chioma Ubogagu (England) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ellen White with a cross.Posted at 69' Attempt missed. Kumi Yokoyama (Japan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.Posted at 69' Attempt blocked. Yui Hasegawa (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kumi Yokoyama.Posted at 68' Hand ball by Narumi Miura (Japan).Posted at 66' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution
Posted at 65' Substitution, England. Toni Duggan replaces Karen Carney.
Substitution
Posted at 65' Substitution, England. Chioma Ubogagu replaces Beth Mead.Posted at 65' Delay in match Yuka Momiki (Japan) because of an injury.Posted at 64' Attempt saved. Arisa Matsubara (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.Posted at 63' Foul by Lucy Bronze (England).Posted at 63' Kumi Yokoyama (Japan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution
Posted at 59' Substitution, England. Gemma Bonner replaces Keira Walsh.Posted at 59' Attempt missed. Yuka Momiki (Japan) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Kumi Yokoyama.Posted at 57' Attempt missed. Kumi Yokoyama (Japan) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rikako Kobayashi.Posted at 53' Attempt missed. Aya Sameshima (Japan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.Posted at 52' Attempt missed. Beth Mead (England) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leah Williamson.
Substitution
Posted at 51' Substitution, England. Ellen White replaces Jodie Taylor.Posted at 50' Attempt missed. Yui Hasegawa (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
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