England limped to a 2-1 victory over Japan today as they continued their preparations for the World Cup finals in South Africa.
Fabio Capello’s men failed to sparkle throughout and had to come from a goal behind after Tulio Tanaka gave the Japanese the lead after just seven minutes.
It was a lethargic performance from England who were gifted an opportunity to draw level when they were awarded a penalty for handball after an hour, but Frank Lampard’s effort was superbly saved by Eiji Kawashima.
England drew level on 70 minutes when defender Tanaka went from hero to villain, turning the ball into his own net following Joe Cole’s right wing cross.
With eight minutes to go England undeservedly hit the front thanks to another own goal as Yuji Nakazawa got a touch to Ashley Cole’s cross to divert the ball past his own keeper.
Japan: Kawashima, Konno, Nakazawa, Marcus Tanaka, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Abe, Endo, Honda, Okazaki, Okubo.
Subs: Narazaki, Kawaguchi, Komano, Iwamasa, Uchida, Yamamura, Sakai, Shunsuke Nakamura, Inamoto, Kengo Nakamura, Matsui, Kagawa, Tamada, Yano, Morimoto, Nagai.
England: James, Glen Johnson, Ferdinand, Terry, Ashley Cole, Walcott, Lampard, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bent, Rooney.
Subs: Green, Upson, Baines, Gerrard, Defoe, Hart, Milner, Warnock, Carrick, Wright-Phillips, Heskey, Crouch, Carragher, Dawson, King, Joe Cole, Adam Johnson, Parker.