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

England 2 Japan 1 [0-0]

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).
Match Summary
England Squad
Japan Squad
England - Peter Beardsley
Red Card: Japan - Tetsuji Hashiratani (88)
Results 1990-1995

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).


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.
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
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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 D. 28 3 February 1967 G Blackburn Rovers FC 5 2 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 J., on 68th min. for Beardsley 28 27 May 1967 M SS Lazio SpA, Italy 30 6
22 Sheringham, Edward, on 76th min. for Collymore            

unused substitutes:

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


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


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