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Saturday, 3 June 1995
Umbro Cup International Challenge Tournament, match one

England 2 Japan 1 [0-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Japan Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 21,142;
Kick-off: 2.00pm BST
Live on
Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Darren Anderton (48), David Platt (penalty 87).
Japan - Masami Ihara (62).
England - Peter Beardsley
Red Card: Japan - Tetsuji Hashiratani (88)
Results 1990-1995

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Match Summary

Officials from Netherlands




Referee (-) - Jaap H. Uilenberg
x (x), x, FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - Gerard J. Huber and Brent Talens.

Reserve Official - Dick J.G. Jol.

Teams presented to Sir Stanley Matthews, C.B.E., ex-England winger.
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England Team



FIFA (16 May 1995) 21st
EFO ranking

ELO rating 13th to 10th
Colours: The 1995 Umbro home uniform - White v-neck collared shadow striped jersey with navy overlapping collar, navy shorts with white/turquoise side triangle, white socks with two turquoise hoops.    
Capt: David Platt, fifteenth captaincy Head coach: Terence Frederick Venables, 52 (6 January 1943), appointed 28 January 1994,
9th match, W 5 - D 4 - L 0 - F 12 - A 2, incl. one abandoned.
England Lineup
1 Flowers, Timothy     G     GA
21 Neville, Gary         1 0
14 Pearce, Stuart            
4 Batty, David, off 68th min.            
5 Scales, John            
15 Unsworth, David            
7 Platt, David            
8 Beardsley, Peter, off 68th min.            
9 Shearer, Alan            
6 Collymore, Stanley, off 76th min.            
11 Anderton, Darren            
England Substitutes
17 McManaman, Steven, on 68th min. for Batty            
19 Gascoigne, Paul, on 68th min. for Beardsley            
22 Sheringham, Edward, on 76th min. for Collymore            

unused substitutes:

13-Ian Walker, 21-Colin Cooper.
4-2-1-2-1 [4-3-3]. -


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Japan Team



FIFA (16 May 1995) 35th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 47th
Colours: Made by Adidas and Puma - Blue collared jerseys with white pinstripes flashing across body/red trim, to create a quarter-circle extending to the rear, white shorts with blue pinstripes flashing across right thigh/red trim, blue socks.
Capt: Tesuji Hashiratani Manager: Shu Kamo, (55) 29 October 1939
Japan Lineup
13 MAthlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupoleosawa, Kazuya 27 22 March 1968 G Sanfurecche Hiroshima   GA
2 Narahashi, Akira 23 26 November 1971 D Shonan Berumare    
19 Tasaka, Kazuaki 23 3 August 1971 D Shonan Berumare    
4 Ihara, Masami 27 18 September 1967 D Nissan FC Yokohama Marinos    
5 Hashiratani, Tetsuji 30 15 July 1964 D Verudi Kawasaki    
Hashiratani sent off in the xxth minute for a deliberate handball in the penalty area.
6 Yamaguchi, Motohiro 26 29 January 1969 M Yokohama Furyugerusu    
20 Soma, Naoki, off 74th min. 23 19 July 1971 D Kashima Antorazu    
8 Kitazawa, Tsuyoshi 26 10 August 1968 M Verudi Kawasaki    
15 Morishima, Hiroaki, off 87th min. 23 30 April 1972 F Seresso Osaka    
14 Nakayama, Masashi, off 65th min. 27 23 September 1967 F Jubilo Iwata    
11 Miura, Kazuyoshi 27 26 February 1967 F Genoa CFC SpA, Italy    
Japan Substitutes
9 Kurosaki, Hisashi, on 65th min. for Nakayama 26 8 May 1968 F Kashima Antorazu    
3 Yanagimoto, Hironari, on 74th min. for Soma 22 15 October 1972 D Sanfurecche Hiroshima    
16 Fukuda, Masahiro, on 87th min. for Morishima 28 27 December 1966 M Urawa Reddo Daiyamonzu    

unused substitutes:

1-Noruyki Kojima, 17-Norio Omura.

team notes:

Tetsuji Hashiratani becomes the first player to be sent off against England since June 1977, a span of eighteen years when Daniel Bertoni was sent off for Argentina.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Yet another contrived summer tournament  - The Umbro Cup - kicked off with England taking on Japan for the first time. Once again the Terry Venables luck was in, with most neutral observers considering England greatly flattered by their 2-1 victory.  Darren Anderton and skipper David Platt scored the goals that won the match for England against a Japanese team that played with enormous enthusiasm and well-developed skill. It was only in the air that England were vastly superior, but they were unable to cash in on this advantage. Gary Neville made a sound debut at right-back, while John Scales and David Unsworth played together for the only time at international level.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
F.A. Yearbook
Norman Giller
, Football Author