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Published 08 September 2023 4 min read
Men's U18

Report: England MU18s 0-4 Japan

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Ryan Garry's Young Lions beaten in the second of their three games in France in September


England men’s under-18s suffered defeat in their second game of September’s Tournoi International in France, with Japan winning Friday’s encounter by 4-0.

The Young Lions, currently preparing for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Indonesia later this year, found an impressive Japanese team in opposition at the Stade de Beaublanc in Limoges.

Head coach Ryan Garry made multiple changes to the line-up which featured in their opening game against France on Wednesday as he looks to assess his squad ahead of the World Cup in November and December.

And England were dealt an early blow, as Japan took the lead inside ten minutes of play when Alen Inoue took advantage of a ball over the defence and got in behind to break clear on goal before lifting a shot over Sam Proctor.

The Young Lions looked to keep possession and tried to hit back, with Tyler Dibling firing a powerful volley just over before Jimmy-Jay Morgan came closest for the Young Lions, as he flashed a low shot past the far post in the 22nd minute.

But it was Japan who doubled their advantage, and shortly after Proctor had done well to deny Gakuto Kawamura when he was one-on-one, the same player rose highest in the box to head home a whipped in free kick from the right five minutes before the break.

England continued to play their possession-based game in search of a breakthrough after the restart, but with Japan’s high-energy across the pitch, chances proved hard to come by.

It took a great save from Proctor to prevent Japan adding a third when Inoue was picked out in space in the box only for the Aston Villa ‘keeper to get out quickly and make a fine block.

But Inoue wasn’t to be denied moments later when he fired home an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 25 yards with Proctor left helpless.

England finished the game with ten men, after Caden Voice was shown a red card in the last minute of normal time for bringing down Inoue as the last man, at the expense of a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Substitute Shotaro Shibata stepped up to curl a wonderful shot around the wall and into the top corner to complete the scoring.

England will play their final game of the trip against Portugal on Sunday afternoon (2pm BST)

England: 22 Sam Proctor (Aston Villa), 12 Triston Rowe (Aston Villa), 14 Harrison Murray-Campbell (Chelsea), 15 Somto Boniface (Chelsea), 16 Caden Voice (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 20 Lewis Orford (West Ham United), 4 Finley McAllister (Manchester United), 23 Law McCabe (Middlesbrough), 9 Jimmy Jay Morgan (Chelsea), 17 Tyler Dibling, 21 Tyrique George (Chelsea)

Substitutes: 19 Jayden Danns (Liverpool) for Morgan 70, 18 Samuel Amo-Ameyaw (Southampton) for George 70, 7 Michael Golding (Chelsea) for McAllister 76

Substitutes not used: 1 Tommy Setford (Ajax), 2 Lakyle Samuel (Manchester City), 3 Jayden Meghoma (Southampton), 5 Travis Akomeah (Chelsea), 6 Ishé Samuels-Smith (Chelsea), 8 Myles Lewis-Skelly (Arsenal), 10 Archie Stevens (Glasgow Rangers), 11 Justin Oboavwoduo (Manchester City), 13 Finlay Herrick (West Ham United),

Head coach: Ryan Garry

Red card: Caden Voice 90