Japan vs England live stream: How to watch Lionesses' Women's World Cup match on TV and online

Jack Rathborn
The Independent

England are looking to remain perfect at the Women’s World Cup in France as they prepare to face Japan.

Phil Neville’s side have already beaten Scotland and Argentina in Group D and will secure top spot if they avoid defeat at the Allianz Riviera.

The Lionesses are growing in confidence under Neville, with Nikita Parris and Ellen White scoring against Scotland and Jodie Taylor scoring against Argentina.

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The England boss must decide whether to rotate to remain fresh for the knock-out phase or maintain their momentum.

Here's TV information, team news, odds and how to live stream the match in Nice.

When is it?

England vs Japan kicks off at 8pm (BST) on Wednesday 19 June at the Allianz Riviera, Nice.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be broadcast on BBC 1. Coverage starts at 7.30pm.

The BBC will also be streaming the clash via iPlayer and the BBC Sport app.

Prediction: Japan 0-2 England

The Lionesses succumbed to defeat against Japan in heart-breaking fashion at the last World Cup, losing 2-1 in the semi-finals via a stoppage-time own goal. Since then, England have grown from strength to strength and emerged as one of the sport's best teams. They notably beat Japan 3-0 at the SheBelieves Cup and now have the opportunity to reap revenge for the pain of their last World Cup outing.

Having demonstrated their maturity and composure to beat Argentina 1-0 win, England's place in the knockout stages of the competition is secured. Avoiding defeat against Japan on Wednesday would see them top Group D and go on to face China, Chile or Cameroon in the last-16 - a kind draw that would put them in good stead for the later stages of the tournament.

Japan pose a greater threat than either Scotland or Argentina but with confidence riding high, and qualification out of the group stages already wrapped up, expect to see a free and expressive England side take to the field. Their possession-based, patient style of play means this is unlikely to be a high-scoring affair but with the likes of Fran Kirby, Beth Mead and Jodie Taylor threatening against Argentina, there's no doubt Phil Neville's women will be looking to take the game to their Japanese opponents.

Jodie Taylor of England celebrates scoring the winning goal with Beth Mead (Getty)
Jodie Taylor of England celebrates scoring the winning goal with Beth Mead (Getty)

Team news

Toni Duggan will be available to face Japan after overcoming a thigh problem which has kept her out of the tournament so far.

Odds

England: 21/20

Draw: 21/20

Japan: 3/1

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