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  1. players to watch in the last 16.

    “Sugita won player of the tournament at the U17 World Cup in 2017 so the current Japan squad is the progression from them winning that competition,” said Scott.

    “I was impressed once again with her against England, given how young she is.

    “She controls her midfield and she’s so technical, and great to watch on the ball. She’s constantly making angled passes and I think she’s got a great future ahead of her in the women’s game.”

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    Netherlands v Japan (20:00 BST)

    In more important news, it looks like Shanice van de Sanden has a new haircut. She has ditched the leopard print do!

    Gutted.

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  • Dangerous off the bench

    Netherlands v Japan (20:00 BST)

    The Netherlands have plenty of attacking options and have used their strength in depth to make an impact at this World Cup.

    Four of the nine goals the Netherlands have ever scored in the tournament have come from substitutes.

    Lineth Beerensteyn’s 75th-minute goal off the bench proved to be the winner against Canada, while substitute Jill Roord scored an injury-time winner to break New Zealand’s resistance in their opening group game.

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  • ‘Don’t want it to end’

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    Japan coach Asako Takakura:“I would like the players to start showing their qualities now. They have got great potential and can grow a lot if they are given the opportunity.

    “The team has huge hidden strength and I would like everyone to see that.

    “We are all aware that the expectation from supporters is huge and I really don’t want our tournament to end with this game, or the next game.”

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  • ‘We get energy from fans’

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    Netherlands midfielder Danielle van de Donk: “Since Rennes is so far from the Dutch border, I think it’s incredible that 2,000 people are making the journey over to watch us play.

    “We get so much energy from seeing all those fans in the stadium.

    “Who knows – this time we might be able to hear each other on the pitch too!” she joked.

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  • Race for Golden Boot

    Netherlands v Japan (20:00 BST)

    Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema is the queen of goalscoring.

    She finished as top scorer in the English WSL this season as club Arsenal won the league title for the first time in seven years.

    That led to her being named the PFA Player of the Year alongside male compatriot Virgil van Dijk.

    Her four goals helped the Netherlands win Euro 2017 and she finished second only to England striker Jodie Taylor (five) in the race for the Golden Boot.

    Now, aged just 22, Miedema was tipped to challenge for the top-scorer award in France but she has some catching up to do.

    Miedema scored twice in the victory over Cameroon but remains a long way off front-runners Alex Morgan and Sam Kerr, who scored five goals and four goals respectively in a single match.

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