Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England defeat was most-watched TV programme of the year

England defeat was most-watched TV programme of the year

Neville's charges were left aggrieved after a marginal offside call saw White's second-half strike disallowed, before Steph Houghton had a late penalty saved.

"Those are the moments where not only in the last 10 or 15 minutes you have depth, but to play the entire game and make an impact and score a goal, it's just an incredible performance by her".

The game in Lyon, France, lived up to its billing with the U.S defeating England 2-1 to advance to Sunday's final.

Megan Rapinoe has been getting all the spotlight at the France World Cup, and in the United States semifinal match against England, the captain also stole all the attention by being left out of Jill Ellis lineup.

The U.S are stereotyped as a team who rely on speed and athleticism but they possess much more than that - midfielder Rose Lavelle is no powerhouse but she was supremely confident on the ball and decisive at key moments.

"I think for the detractors, I would have them look hard into what I'm actually saying and the actions that I'm doing", Rapinoe said. You lose, but I thought the way we lost was exactly the way I wanted us to play. "We've still got a bit to go but I won't stop until we get there".

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Still we have a chance, I think, but we have to win these two games and wait to see what will happen in the other games. Reifer's side were officially eliminated from the race to qualify for the semi-finals after losing to India on Thursday.

The frustrating thing about England is that we're so close to getting to a final. "We wanted to make it to the final because we haven't quite made it there but the fact that we are consistently reaching semi-finals showed how huge this team is and the strengths of this team". I think they showed tonight that they know how to win games of football.

The recent history of the women's national team has been that of forced lineup changes working in its favor, and they did again on Tuesday as Press had the game of her life.

Off the pitch, she has been a vocal critic of United States president Donald Trump, saying last month that should her team win the World Cup, that she's "not going to the fucking White House". It's now making us be better and getting the next two or three per cent which will make us one of the best teams in the world. Christen Press and Alex Morgan scored for the defending champions and tournament favorites.

The match is likely to be the last World Cup involvement for a number of England's squad, including the goalkeepers Carly Telford and Karen Bardsley, the midfielders Jill Scott and Karen Carney and the forward Jodie Taylor.

Ellis's side remain favourites for the tournament after the result against England at the same stadium, Parc Olympique Lyonnais. "Whether it's at a World Cup or a friendly you have to figure out a way and that's why this team is successful".

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