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England begin to believe after Ellen White’s late winner

Breakthrough: Ellen White is mobbed PICTURE: REX

England 1-0 Japan

SUBSTITUTE Ellen White’s winner spared holders England’s blushes as they slogged to a first SheBelieves Cup victory in New Jersey last night.

The Manchester City striker’s 84th-minute winner ensured Phil Neville’s side got back on track after an opening 2-0 loss to hosts and world champions USA on Thursday.

The Lionesses missed a hatful of chances to see off Japan before White, who had been on the pitch for 15 minutes as a second-half replacement for Beth England, tucked away fellow sub Toni Duggan’s cross.

She told the BBC: ‘We wanted to put in a positive performance after the USA defeat and I thought we played with grit and determination.

‘I’m delighted to contribute any way I can for England. I love this stadium, I love playing here in the USA and we are delighted to have built up this momentum going into the Spain game.’ Sakiko Ikeda denied England and Lauren Hemp, while Hina Sugita hit a post for Japan, via a touch from goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.

England play Spain in their last game on Wednesday and Neville said: ‘A win against Spain in our final match would give us six points and I think six points at the SheBelieves Cup would be a fantastic return.’