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Japan, England favorites in Group B

Updated: June 22, 2011, 8:27 AM ET
By John Carr, ESPN Statistics & Analysis Team

While no team in Group B has ever claimed the FIFA Women's World Cup title, the fact that this is the only group with all four teams in the top 25 of the FIFA World Rankings could be a good indicator that these four teams are on the rise and ready to make an impact in Germany.

• Japan, currently ranked fourth in the world, is the narrow favorite to win Group B, as England is not far behind at number ten. Still within the top-25 rankings are Mexico (22) and New Zealand (24), ...

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