Honours even in Burton
Eni Aluko and Nahomi Kawasumi score as the Three Lions are held by World Champions Japan
England earned a credible 1-1 draw with World Cup holders Japan in their final home game before next month's European Championship Finals.
Eniola Aluko had put the Three Lions ahead with a well taken goal just before the break, but they were pegged back by Nahomi Kawasumi's strike with 14 minutes left on the clock.
Both sides enjoyed a lot of the ball throughout and a draw was probably a fair result as Japanese sub Emi Nakajima hit the near post with a speculative, angled effort and England debutant Lucy Bronze had a goal ruled out for offside in the final minute.
Rachel Yankey captained Hope Powell's side on the occasion of her record 126th England appearance, surpassing a tally she previously shared with Peter Shilton.
England have just one more friendly left, against Sweden on 4 July, before their Euro Finals campaign gets underway against Spain but they will travel next Monday in good shape.
Cheered on by over 5,000 school children from around the country, the hosts started well, enjoying a lot of the ball in the Japan half.
And as early as the seventh minute, Ellen White's harrying led to a mistake by Rumi Utsugi, the visitors' left-back, but Alex Scott couldn't quite latch onto the loose ball with the goal gaping.
Shinobu Ohno issued a reminder of the quality the world champions possess when she first called Karen Bardsley into action from 20 yards and later fired wide of the near post.
But England were more than holding their own against their illustrious opponents and had a good opportunity to take the lead when Aluko found White with a superb through ball, but the striker's angled shot flashed narrowly past the post.
Aluko then saw an effort deflected into the side netting as the noise level increased around Pirelli Stadium.
After a spell of relatively few chances, but increased Japan possession, England stopper Karen Bardsley was required to get down well to hold onto Yuki Ogimi's 25-yard free-kick.
The hosts went straight up the other end and almost grabbed the lead following some neat build-up play around the box but Aluko's curler didn't quite bend enough.
But when the opener did come it was no surprise to see it fall to Aluko, who had looked bright all game.
In the 41st minute she picked the ball up on the inside right channel, found Jill Scott and continued her run into the box.
Yankey took up possession and slipped a well-weighted through ball to Aluko who kept her cool and clipped a shot over the on-rushing Ayumi Kaihori and into the corner of the net.
Japan tried to get their reknowned passing game going at the start of the second half, but their best chances came via set pieces and none of them really troubled Bardsley, though the Lincoln 'keeper did well to deny Ogimi from a near post corner.
England, however, were not being outplayed by any stretch and put together a number of confident passing moves, none more so than the one that set Anita Asante free in the box just after the interval.
Aluko's clipped pass was collected by the midfielder, who possibly had too much time to think and dragged the ball wide of the far post.
There was then a moment to savour for Bronze as the 21-year-old replaced right-back Dunia Susi for her senior team debut - and it would have been even better had her late effort not been chalked off.
There was some good play from both sides in the second period but without the goal chances they merited.
And it took an England mistake for Japan to equalise on 76 minutes. Fara Williams lost the ball just inside her own half, Kozue Ando took advantage and found Ohno. The forward slipped in Kawusami and she coolly beat Bardsley from close range.
A raft of substitutions affected the game's flow late on but Powell's side can take heart from a draw against a much heralded Japan side less than a month before Sweden 2013 gets underway.