Japan, lining up in a traditional 4-4-2, played with 10 men behind the ball whenever they conceded possession in their own half. That will take place at 3.30pm (UK time) on October 21 in Goa.
But from what has been on display over the last week, it would be naive to imagine Steve Cooper's charges struggling against Japan even sans Sancho.
Brewster, who later scored England's first penalty, had a weird outing - he consistently found himself in the right positions within the eighteen-yard box, but his wayward shooting symbolized England's night in front of the goal - indecisive and imprecise.
"He loves playing for England and loves playing for this team in particular", England coach Steve Cooper said at the pre-match press conference here.
Sancho, a vital cog in England's free-flowing wheel throughout the group stages, on Monday left for Germany where he plays for German club Borussia Dortmund and would play no further part in the tournament.
Goalkeeper Anderson, who plays for Manchester City, stepping out to take a penalty moments after saving one was part of the plan, Cooper said.
It finished goalless in normal time so a shootout was required to determine which side would progress.
Japan were unfortunate to go out on penalties.
England showed character in the penalty shootout with 100 per cent conversion.
Nya Kirby, who left Tottenham's youth system this year for Crystal Palace, scored the decisive spot kick.
England will travel to Goa to face the USA in the quarterfinal on Sunday.
And the English manager was quick to realise that. It's been incredible. Not just the crowd, it's been an fantastic attendance. "We've played in front of some awesome attendances which has been a real benefiting factor for the players because they're still quite young so to get an early experience of playing in front of crowds like that will serve them well in the long-term. The local public need a pat in the back for that".
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.