England got their first win of the SheBelieves Cup 2020 on Sunday, an uninspiring 1-0 victory over Japan at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Once again, Lauren Hemp did her chances of becoming an England regular no harm and Jordan Nobbs proved her significance to the side as she continues to reintegrate herself back into the Lionesses fold.
Below is a round-up of our player ratings from Sunday’s fixture, England’s second game of the tournament.
Ellie Roebuck 6
Had a bit of a scare early on when she diverted a long-range effort onto the post but had very little to deal with and when she was called upon handled it comfortably.
Rachel Daly 5
A solid performance without being flashy but provided little support to the likes of Chloe Kelly in the attacking areas of the pitch.
Steph Houghton 6
Put in some good blocks when necessary and looked to catch out the shaky Japanese defence with plenty of long balls from deep.
Millie Bright 6
Looked much more comfortable and composed than compared to the previous game. She showed a lot of strength to fend off the attacking players.
Demi Stokes 5
Showed little presence going forward and had little to do in defence. Will have more effective games in an England shirt.
Keira Walsh 5
Looked a bit off the pace and her distribution which is usually so effortlessly measured was lacking in this game.
Jordan Nobbs 7
Assured on the ball and always seemed to make the right decision. Was a driving force in the centre of the pitch to push the Lionesses forward. They seemed to miss her creativity when she was moved out to the right later on in the second half.
Chloe Kelly 5
A deserved start following her fine form for Everton and showed glimpses of what she can offer with some twisting runs in the Japanese penalty area. Her decision making let her down at times.
Georgia Stanway 5
Careless in possession and has just not been able to have the impact on games in this tournament that she is typically capable of. Some good late runs onto the edge of the penalty area but couldn’t manage to make any of them count.
Lauren Hemp 6
Had a golden opportunity to grab her first senior England goal in the opening three minutes but couldn’t take her chance. Demonstrated the endeavour and the confidence that made her the standout player in the game against USA.
Beth England 6
Her movement and timing created some good chances but she couldn’t show that clinical edge that we’ve come to expect from her. She will be disappointed not have finished any of her half-chances off.
Leah Williamson 5
A rare run out in central defensive midfield for England despite playing a lot of her club football in that position. She was brought in to be a combative presence in the middle where Walsh had previously struggled but had a quiet game.
Toni Duggan 6
Showed good enthusiasm in the press to force the error from Japan and kept her head well to set up White.
Nikita Parris 6
Had an immediate impact with a good injection of energy which caused a lot of problems for the Japanese backline.
Lucy Staniforth 5
A very subdued performance from the Birmingham City midfielder apart from the occasional cross into the box from set pieces.
Ellen White 7
Well taken goal demonstrating her prowess as a natural finisher who takes her chances in spite of limited opportunities.
Jill Scott N/A
Not on the pitch long enough to have any influence on the game.