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England vs USA: Kick-off time, free commentary stream and team news for Women’s World Cup semi-final

England vs USA: Kick-off time, free commentary stream and team news for Women’s World Cup semi-final

A win for England against the USA would make the Lionesses the first senior national side to reach a World Cup final since 1966. Phil Neville’s side face the holders – the team everyone wants to beat – in Lyon in the semi-final on Tuesday, which will be live on talkSPORT. Getty Images – Getty…


A win for England against the USA would make the Lionesses the first senior national side to reach a World Cup final since 1966.

Phil Neville’s side face the holders – the team everyone wants to beat – in Lyon in the semi-final on Tuesday, which will be live on talkSPORT.

England, led by captain Steph Houghton, are preparing to play current world champions USA in the semi-finals

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England, led by captain Steph Houghton, are preparing to play current world champions USA in the semi-finals

The Netherlands face Sweden in the other semi-final on Wednesday and the winners from the two matches play in the final in Lyon on Sunday. A third-place play-off in Nice will take place on Saturday.

England vs USA: How to listen

Full commentary from the Stade de Lyon will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our coverage getting underway at 7pm (BST).

All the build-up to the game will be on talkSPORT, so tune into the commentary here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

What time is kick-off?

The game kicks off at 8pm (BST) on Tuesday 2 July and talkSPORT will be live from Lyon to bring you coverage.

What is being said?

Lucy Bronze, who plays for Lyon, cannot wait to play a World Cup semi-final in her club stadium.

“I’m so excited,” she told talkSPORT. “It’s something I’ve thought about for the last two years, especially the last six months in Lyon when I drive past that stadium I’ve been picturing this game.”

Lucy Bronze tore Norway apart in the quarter-finals and has been called the best player in the world by Phil Neville

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Lucy Bronze tore Norway apart in the quarter-finals and has been called the best player in the world by Phil Neville

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes can’t wait to see Bronze, who prefers playing at right-back, against USA striker Megan Rapinoe, who has scored five goals so far.

“Bronze can be simply unplayable on the ball [when running with all her power], able to slice open any side, but there is an obvious risk in leaving huge spaces behind for a US side that can be ruthless on the counter.

“How much she is able to drive forward, or ends up with her hands full of defensive work, is a battle within a battle that I cannot wait to see,” adding that Rapinoe is one of the most agile athletes around. “She epitomises her team’s exceptional physicality.”

Manager Neville has described Bronze as the best player in the world. “She should win the Ballon d’Or, 100 per cent. [Against Norway in the quarter-final] you saw a player at the top of her game.”


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Key stats

Women’s World Cup top scorers:

5 goals: Alex Morgan (USA)
5 goals: Megan Rapinoe (USA)
5 goals: Ellen White (England)

Along with Rapinoe and Ellen White, USA striker Alex Morgan has also scored five goals

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Along with Rapinoe and Ellen White, USA striker Alex Morgan has also scored five goals

Team stats

In five games, England have scored 11 goals and conceded once, while the US have scored an incredible 22 times – 13 of them came against Thailand – and conceded twice.

The teams

England: TBC

USA: TBC

Predicted XI

Is this how England will line-up against the USA?

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Is this how England will line-up against the USA?

Route to the semis

ENGLAND

England 2-1 Scotland (Group D)
England 1-0 Argentina (Group D)
Japan 0-2 England (Group D)
England 3-0 Cameroon (last 16)
Norway 0-3 England (quarter-final)

USA
USA 13-0 Thailand (Group F)
USA 3-0 Chile (Group F)
Sweden 0-2 USA (Group F)
Spain 1-2 USA (last 16)
France 1-2 USA (quarter-final)

England have reached the semi-finals having conceded just once – in the group stage – and now face a USA team that has scored 22 goals so far

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England have reached the semi-finals having conceded just once – in the group stage – and now face a USA team that has scored 22 goals so far

A win for England against the USA would make the Lionesses the first senior national side to reach a World Cup final since 1966.
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