Hope Solo believes USWNT fears England in semifinals

Hope Solo believes USWNT fears England in semifinals

The build-up to the Women's World Cup semifinal between England and the US has been hit by a spying row after two officials from the American team were spotted at the opposition hotel in Lyon, France. Early this year, Neville's squad won the annual SheBelieves Cup, a US -hosted competition that also included French-bound Brazil and Japan. But it's a lot closer now.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has given his support to the screening, saying: "Everybody is hugely excited by the success of the England Women's World Cup team and I know that Londoners of all ages and backgrounds will want to cheer on the Lionesses". "She did awesome and proved why she's one of the top strikers in the world - not only being able to score goals but set them up as well".

The World Cup in France has generated record TV audiences for the women's game and Phil Neville's side come into Tuesday's clash against the reigning champions in Lyon with more people than ever expected to tune in to see the Lionesses push to go one better than in the previous two editions, when they lost out in the semis. "It's not etiquette, really. I just think that's not something that I would allow from our organization".

The Daily Mail blasted from its pages Monday a story with the headline: "Are these American stars too arrogant?".

The USWNT and Naeher had been saved once by VAR, the video assistant having ruled out and Ellen White goal that seemed to be the leveler.

"Against the U.S. on Tuesday, it's going to be our physical attributes that could potentially win us the game".

Sorry, mates. The Americans may be favored, but the English are not underdogs. England barely gave the Scandinavians a sniff, defending resolutely and attacking with verve and fluidity. The U.S. -England tilt finished in a 2-2 draw.

United States of America have won every game in the World Cup so far - like England.

The manager of England, former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville, told reporters earlier this week that his team wants to "come home with that World Cup".

The goalie for the USA women's team leapt to her left to stop Stephanie Houghton from scoring off the yellow card called on Becky Sauerbrunn. "It's a comment about ourselves and how she feels because has played in two different teams". Jill Ellis, the USA team captain, will coach her players from the sidelines on how to knock England out of the cup - while her father, John, sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" to himself. "I see that in her play and I see it off the field as well". Rapinoe has elevated her game to another level.

Despite the distance to travel, including a number of flights and connections, the pull of supporting the US team transcends simply cheering on anyone wearing the stars and stripes.

The top-ranked United States will face the victor of Wednesday's semifinal between the Netherlands and Sweden in the Americans' third straight appearance in the World Cup title match.

Until then, "Bend it Like Beckham" will stand as the country's most enduring contribution to women's soccer.

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