"It nearly went as planned", said Japan coach Yoshiro Moriyama. "All that we lacked today was the last ball, and we failed to get the ball into the net", said Moriyama, who used only one substitution through the 90 minutes and said later that although he felt some of his players were tiring, they kept creating chances in the last 20 minutes and he didn't want to change anything.
Hudson-Odoi had big boots to fill on the left flank, replacing Jadon Sancho - the Chelsea player started slow but his shimmying runs in the second half and unsafe, low crosses which the Japanese defence often failed to read suggested England might miss Hudson-Odoi's link-up play with Sancho for the rest of the tournament, but the 17-year-old has them covered when it comes to skillful, pacy playmaking on the left wing.
England will be without the services of Jadon Sancho for the rest of the U17 World Cup, after he was called back by his club Borussia Dortmund.
It finished goalless in normal time so a shootout was required to determine which side would progress.
Japan played a second-string team resting nine players against New Caledonia but their meek surrender after Nakamura had given them an early lead was far from a good advertisement of their bench strength - a sharp contrast to England. 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. "Having equalled our best is something to be proud of but we would love to come back to Kolkata. The local public really deserves a pat on their back".
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"We did not concede that was a massive plus". Japan will feel hard done by.
"Thinking of the chances we got we thought of maintaining the good rhythm". But we need to develop.
England now travel to Margao to face the United States in the quarter-final, a team which will pose a different challenge than the ones the English have usurped till date, but England won't love anything more than to make the return journey to the mecca of Indian football later this month.
Goalkeeper Anderson, who plays for Manchester City, stepping out to take a penalty moments after saving one was part of the plan, Cooper said.