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England 4 Japan 0: Jess Park scores a dream goal on her senior Lionesses debut as Wiegman’s team thrash World Cup rival

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According to JESS PARK, a dream came true when she scored her first goal for England national team within seconds of making her debut for Sarina Wiegman’s side.

The striker’s late finish and Rachel Daly’s clear opening goal were among the goals that saw the European champions beat Japan 4-0


Jess Park scored within two minutes of her first cap for England[/caption]


Ebony Salmon impressed with two assists in the Lionesses’ 4-0 win over Japan[/caption]

The 21-year-old scored just 79 seconds after coming on as a second-half substitute, while Ebony Salmon impressed by winning the ball moments before.

As a result, the Euro-winners scored a milestone of 125 goals in 25 games under his boss, followed by a clash with Norway.

And they made a mark for their World Cup rivals eight months before the start of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

When asked how it felt to score seconds after coming on, Park said, “I don’t think I can do it. I’m a bit overwhelmed at the moment.

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“I’ve dreamed of this since I was a little girl and now a dream is coming true.

“I’m so happy. Sarina said go on, have fun, enjoy, play your roles” and Ebony did all the work for me, I just had to slide it in.

“I don’t think there are any words to describe it [being part of this Lionesses team].”

England manager Wiegman added: “She had two minutes so you can’t really tell how she played.


“We actually saw two things. There was a long ball and you could see Ebony Salmon’s strength, pace and direction.

“She was behind and she’s just winning the ball and Jess Park thought I have to be there and she got the ball in the back of the net.”

The game saw Rachel Daly, who plays as a forward for Aston Villa and as a full-back for her country, her 10thth Goal in a Lionesses jersey.

On whether she would be tempted to play Daly in front of goal, Wiegman said: “She’s so versatile, she played a really good game as a full-back too and scored from that position.

“It’s also an option to try up front, but we also have to look at what players we have available and what’s best for the team.”

Before kick-off, Wiegman spoke about the disciplined, technical and tactical prowess of the Japan side, who have won seven of their last eight internationals.

Their Euro winners put their opponents to the test early on when Ella Toone goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita forced a save in the top corner with a fierce first-minute strike.

Futoshi Ikeda’s side began to exert some pressure up front after England dominated possession early in the first period.

And Manchester City ace Yui Hasegawa tested Mary Earps from long range, forcing a comfortable 19thMinute in front of the English goalscorer.

But the deadlock was broken in the 38th minute when Daly made the best of a Chloe Kelly cross and Mead’s pass to give the Lionesses a 1-0 lead.

Kelly doubled the lead early in the second half – she came into the box to find a Mead cross and conceded her first goal since winning the European Championship in July.

Hasegawa sent a dangerous free-kick into the box late on and Millie Bright cleared for her team-mates with 15 minutes to go.

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England made it 3-0 a minute later when substitute Salmon Toone scored to hit the post home.

And Hasegawa forced a couple of late saves from Earps before Salmon Park set up to end the win just before the final whistle.


Sarina Wiegman says Rachel Daly could be an option in attack after her goal against Japan[/caption]


Chloe Kelly scored her first goal for England since the Euro 2022 final[/caption]

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