U.S. to face England in Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals

Janie Parker
October 19, 2017

England will hope they find their scoring boots against the U.S. at Margao while Japan will take heart from an impressive World Cup campaign. We said at the group stages, first of all it was about qualification then it was about topping the group and obviously when you get to knockout football it is what it says it is. "Part of our work with the teams is to work on and develop all parts of global football", Cooper said.

Japan, lining up in a traditional 4-4-2, played with 10 men behind the ball whenever they conceded possession in their own half.

Japan played a second-string team resting nine players against New Caledonia but their meek surrender after Nakamura had given them an early lead was far from a good advertisement of their bench strength - a sharp contrast to England.

"But as always we'll be focused on ourselves, putting the right game plan together and try and create an environment for the players so that they can go and give their best and deliver when it counts".

England will face the United States for a place in the last four, where they could potentially meet Brazil or Germany.

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"We've enjoyed our experience so far", said Cooper. "It's a good recognition as to where the English teams are at the moment".

England had sailed through the group stages, but lacked Jadon Sancho's spark in Tuesday's game.

"As I said at the start of the tournament that we are working in two ways - one is to be successful in any given tournament we take part in". It's been wonderful. Not just the crowd, it's been an incredible attendance. "The local public deserves a pat in the back for that", Cooper told reporters after the game.

"We would love to come back to Kolkata". Yes, Japan had a few shots from the edge of the penalty area but they didn't have clear cut chances because of how we defended around the box. "I am not surprised either by the fight or the football Japan played".

"I'm really but really proud of the way we stood up and did not let them in. We had our chances, but what we need to improve on is our technique, accuracy, speed, on-pitch intensity and we need more battles of high intensity within Japan to keep improving".

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