Penalties too are part of development, says England coach

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       Jadon Sancho and Angel Gomes celebrate the opening goal against Iraq

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First the highlight reel of Japan, which prompted Yoshiro Moriyama to comment after the game that "it went nearly as it was planned".

"It's all about the team", said Cooper.

"They're a good team with some good players".

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"We wanted to use the last 20 minutes to build on our attacking rhythm".

"But as always we'll be focused on ourselves, putting the right game plan together and try and create an environment for the players so that they can go and give their best and deliver when it counts".

England will now face the United States of America in Margao on October 21 in the quarterfinal, a stage from where they have not been able to progress further in earlier editions.

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Sancho, a vital cog in England's free-flowing wheel throughout the group stages, on Monday left for Germany where he plays for German club Borussia Dortmund and would play no further part in the tournament. "I can not pick one team at the moment", he signed off. It's been fantastic attendance here, so good for players for players and all the teams to play in front of such a crowd atmosphere in a developmental tournament like this. It has been unbelievable, so good for the players, not just England but all the players in such developmental tournaments. "The local public need a pat in the back for that". Yes, Japan had a few shots from the edge of the penalty area but they didn't have clear cut chances because of how we defended around the box.

Despite that, Cooper told Sky Sports that his players are not getting over excited about their chances of winning the tournament.

Having defended desperately for the first 70 minutes, Japan took a leaf out of England's debonair football as the Japanese Messi wielded his magic wand to peg England back into their own half and starve the otherwise elegant English players off possession - Naoki Tsubaki's substitution, which seemed surprising when he replaced top scorer Nakamura, worked like a charm as it freed up Kubo to take the game to England. "I would want them to change these tears to energy to develop themselves", he said about the Japanese emotional exit. "I really believed in my players and loved their body language in the shootout", he concluded.

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