Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Megan Rapinoe says she'll be ready for final

Megan Rapinoe says she'll be ready for final

England captain Steph Houghton's penalty shot was stopped by a diving usa goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher in the 84th minute.

Bright, who was sent off for two bookable offences, and Demi Stokes struggled during the first half against the USA's right-sided attackers, and Nikita Parris was largely anonymous after starting behind White in a 4-4-2 formation, which didn't seem to suit England as they were outnumbered in midfield. You lose, but I thought the way we lost was exactly the way I wanted us to play. The coaches keep records about how players responded to penalty kicks and what they did in training. We have no regrets. No words I say to them tonight will make them feel better but in elite sport and being at the top of the world where we are with our ranking means we have to go out there in Nice and produce a performance. He said he didn't want to see any tears. "We've had best 46 days of our life and it's not ended yet".

Yet his players emerged through the tunnel crestfallen, having left everything they had on the pitch, and will need time before they recover mentally for the match for third place. The opening two questions Ellis faced in her news conference centered on her star forward, which goes to illustrate the impact the 33-year-old has had, not just in France but around the world. Players get more comfortable and more confident over time.

"I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebration so I had to step up this game". I would never be able to do this in a lot of other places. We've got a big game on Saturday.

"I just didn't get a good connection ... and I've let the team down". "We should be proud", he said.

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The U.S. pressed hard in the first half, dominating possession, but England controlling more of the overall tempo in the second. Though they weren't without their opportunities, the short-sided England were unable to put the ball into the back of the net.

Though Rapinoe has dominated headlines this last week, the defending champion has also had to withstand accusations of arrogance after a "spygate" row emerged Sunday when U.S. team officials were spotted in England's team hotel to scout a possible venue for the final.

Houghton stopped what she was saying, and said the outburst was "ridiculous".

With the US fully exploiting the space they were given in midfield, England were in danger of letting the game slip out of their control but against the run of play they leveled in superb style. "But I still think this is not great sportsmanship, it just seems rude". They have talked of legacy the whole way through this tournament, but there can be few more inspirational figures in the women's game than Houghton.

Yet many of White's team-mates failed to shine - Lucy Bronze did not live up to Neville's claim she is the "best player in the world", failing to pick up Christen Press at the back post for the U.S. opener.

England lacked a player capable of grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck in midfield and their potency down the right flank, so prominent in the quarter-final win over Norway, vanished in Neville's changed formation.

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