The English and Japanese national 5-a-side football teams have wrapped up a one week joint training camp in Hereford. The camp included a series of three friendlies, with England coming away with their 14 game unbeaten streak still unbroken. The team has not lost a game since their disappointing eighth place finish at the 2013 IBSA European Championships in Italy.
In England’s first game against Japan, Owen Bainbridge scored the goal winner for his team on a shot that was taken eight meters out. The game took place on Monday. The second game took place on Wednesday and ended in a 0 – 0 draw. Despite the result, English players and coaches on Twitter expressed their happiness with the result because they felt their overall style of play had improved. The third game concluded earlier today. Dan English scored off a pass from Roy Turnham to put England up 1 – 0 in the first half. In the second half, Turnham put another goal in the net. This unassisted goal put England up 2 – 0, and the game ended with that score.
England is currently ranked eleventh in the world, with the German side ranked twelfth. For this year’s IBSA European Championships, England has been drawn in Group A with Germany, Turkey, Italy and Poland. The winner of the ten team deep competition qualifies for the 2016 Summer Paralympics.