HARRISON, New Jersey, March 8 (Reuters) - England’s Ellen White came off the bench to grab a late goal for a 1-0 win over Japan on Sunday that revived their campaign in the SheBelieves Cup after they lost to hosts the United States in their opening game of the invitational tournament.
Forward White nudged the ball past goalkeeper Sakiko Ikeda in the 84th minute with an assist from fellow substitute Toni Duggan to secure the three precious points for an England side playing without key defender Lucy Bronze through injury.
The victory keeps alive England’s slender hopes of retaining the SheBelieves Cup under coach Phil Neville as they claimed only their third win in nine matches since they lost to the U.S. in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals in France.
“I was happy with the way the girls played,” forward Bethany England told reporters. “People just need to trust the process that we’re doing – again, it’s a long journey.”
The Lionesses have three points behind the U.S. and Spain with four apiece, and face the Spaniards in their final match of the round-robin event in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday. (Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Ken Ferris)