Norio Sasaki, Japan coach
We have beaten England which is certainly a step forward in our development. Unfortunately even though we won it was not enough to take us into the quarter-finals and this is the negative part. Looking at the group and how hard the other teams were, this tournament has been very important for the development of our players. As champions of Asia we wanted to go forward but hopefully North Korea and South Korea will defend the honour of our continent and go far.

Mo Marley, England coach
Obviously we had to win and I think the pressure of that was reflected in the way we performed in the first 20 minutes. We are disappoointed with the way we conceded the first goal but that's what these tournaments are about - young players learning from their errorrs and responding. We have done well in Europe over the last couple of years but the World Cup is a big step up.

Mana Iwabuchi, Japan striker
We have scored three times and we have won against England so the disappointment of not going through is not that big. We were able to play to our best level in this game but there was nothing we could do about the result of the other match. But we have learned a lot from this tournament and that will help us for the next one.