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Martin Heald Turns The Focus To Poland

Rhyce Ramsden makes it three goals in as many games with an improvised finish before turning provider for Michael Masters’ bullet header as England beat Japan 2-0.

A cagey affair in the Warsaw sun but a pinpoint pass to the far post courtesy of Jamie Tregaskiss found Ramsden who managed to divert the ball into the net on 17 minutes. It appeared to come off the Bolton man's chest but who knows? However they go in, they all count.

With just under 10 minutes remaining, Michael Masters clinched onto Ramsden’s lofted corner to head home a bullet from five yards - a reward for his performances across the tournament.

Meanwhile, after picking up his second yellow card of the competition, England will be without the towering defender for their final game against Poland due to suspension.

Having yet to concede, it means Martin Heald will be without his defensive partner, however, the Everton captain believes whoever comes into the squad will be just as capable.

"I’m gutted to have lost (Michael) Masters but it’s not something we have time to dwell on, I trust the rest of the players and whoever comes on to fill that position will be resolute,” said Heald.

The Lions will be hoping to maintain their 100% record as they prepare to face hosts and holders, Poland.

Heald said: “The team have been fantastic throughout the tournament so far.

“We started a little slow but we stuck to the game plan and have controlled the games throughout and hopefully we can continue this on Sunday evening."


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