England vs USA: Megan Rapinoe and Karen Bardsley left out of World Cup semi-final

Megan Rapinoe and Karen Bardsley have been omitted from the United States and England line-ups respectively for tonight’s Women’s World Cup semi-final.

Bardsley, Phil Neville’s first-choice goalkeeper, will be replaced by Carly Telford after picking up a hamstring injury, while US head coach Jill Ellis has preferred Christen Press ahead of Rapinoe.

Though the decision to leave out the US’ top scorer at the tournament was understood to be tactical, Rapinoe did not take part in the warm-ups, instead watching from the sidelines.

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Neville hands a start to Rachel Daly for the first time since the win over Japan, while Beth Mead also comes into the attack. Fran Kirby and Toni Duggan are left out.

As well as Rapinoe, Ellis has also dropped Sam Mewis from the US side which beat hosts France at the Parc des Princes on Friday night. Lindsay Horan is preferred in midfield.


England vs USA line-ups





1/22 Carly Telford

2/22 Lucy Bronze

3/22 Steph Houghton

4/22 Millie Bright

5/22 Demi Stokes

6/22 Jill Scott

7/22 Rachel Daly

8/22 Keira Walsh

9/22 Beth Mead

10/22 Nikita Parris

11/22 Ellen White

12/22 Alyssa Naeher

13/22 Kelley O'Hara

14/22 Abby Dahlkemper

15/22 Becky Sauerbrunn

16/22 Crystal Dunn

17/22 Lindsay Horan

18/22 Julie Ertz

19/22 Rose Lavelle

20/22 Tobin Heath

21/22 Alex Morgan

22/22 Christen Press

1/22 Carly Telford

2/22 Lucy Bronze

3/22 Steph Houghton

4/22 Millie Bright

5/22 Demi Stokes

6/22 Jill Scott

7/22 Rachel Daly

8/22 Keira Walsh

9/22 Beth Mead

10/22 Nikita Parris

11/22 Ellen White

12/22 Alyssa Naeher

13/22 Kelley O'Hara

14/22 Abby Dahlkemper

15/22 Becky Sauerbrunn

16/22 Crystal Dunn

17/22 Lindsay Horan

18/22 Julie Ertz

19/22 Rose Lavelle

20/22 Tobin Heath

21/22 Alex Morgan

22/22 Christen Press

Line-ups

England: Telford; Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes; Daly, Scott, Walsh, Mead; Parris, White.

Substitutes: Bardsley, Greenwood, Taylor, Kirby, Duggan, Williamson, McManus, Moore, Stanway, Carney, Earps, Staniforth.

United States: Naeher; O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, Dunn; Ertz, Horan, Lavelle; Heath, Morgan, Press.

Substitutes: Pugh, Mewis, Brian, Lloyd, Krieger, Davidson, Sonnett, Rapinoe, Harris, Long, Franch, McDonald.

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