Japan recovered from Michael Owen's early goal as England were held to a 1-1 friendly
draw as Sven Goran Eriksson showed his cards for the Euro 2004 opener against France on 13 June.
Sven-Goran Eriksson fielded his first-choice line-up, including Frank Lampard, and England were given a stern test in a warm-up for Euro 2004.
Owen put England in front after 21 minutes when Seigo Narazaki fumbled Steven Gerrard's shot. But Japan created chances and deservedly equalised seven
minutes after half-time when Shinji Ono crowned a fine move with a crisp finish.
Eriksson plumped for Frank Lampard in the holding role of a midfield diamond, indicating the Chelsea star is likely to get the nod ahead of the more
combative Nicky Butt when the real action kicks off in Portugal.
Lampard showed some neat touches as England started brightly against the Japanese at a packed City of Manchester stadium.
England: James, Gary Neville, Terry, Campbell, Ashley Cole, Scholes, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Owen, Rooney. Subs: Bridge, Robinson, Phil Neville,
King, Carragher, Butt, Hargreaves, Joe Cole, Dyer, Heskey, Walker, Vassell, Defoe.
Japan: Narazaki, Nakazawa, Miyamoto, Tsuboi, Santos, Ono, Inamoto, Kaji, Nakamura, Tamada, Kubo. Subs: Doi, Kawaguchi, Miura, Tanaka, Chano, Fujita,
Fukunishi, Ogasawara, Endo, Suzuki, Yanagisawa, Motoyama.
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy).