Photo/IllutrationEngland head coach Philip Neville, center right talks to the players after the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between England and Argentina at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France on June 14, 2019. (AP Photo)

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PARIS-- England was overjoyed to make it to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup four years ago, an overachievement the squad believed, so the eliminating loss to Japan wasn't a surprise or a bitter disappointment.

Much has changed in mentality and quality of play since, and England no longer is happy simply to be advancing through the biggest tournament in the world. England and Japan play Wednesday in a rematch of the 2015 semifinal that Japan won 2-1.

"Potentially this is a little more intense," defender Lucy Bronze said Tuesday. "In 2015, maybe we overachieved a little bit. We played very well in that semifinal and I think we probably could have won it. But now we have more belief.

"We want to win. We want to win every game. We want to get to the final and beat any team that gets in front of us. We know we can."

The Group D finale at Stade de Nice will mark the fourth consecutive Women's World Cup meeting of the nations. The teams also met in March, when England rolled to a 3-0 victory in a tournament at Tampa, Florida.

Japan coach Asako Takakura thinks that defeat three months ago is not a reflection of how Wednesday's match will evolve.

"In that match we managed to try all the things we wanted to try and test ourselves," she said. "We don't have a negative impression about that defeat. The England team has different character as a squad, and I really sincerely hope all our players fulfill their full potential."

Both teams already have earned slots in the round of 16. At stake is the top spot in the group.

England coach Phil Neville wants to finish first and plans a squad rotation designed to win the game.

"We've got to pick our best side because we want to finish top of the group and we want to continue to build the momentum we started in the first two games," he said. "We are going to have to be at our best to have any kind of result."