Alex Morgan scores, then sips some tea

Neil Bradford and Rose Lavelle- the last time he saw her play

The England captain was speaking after the Lionesses heartbreaking defeat to the United States of America in the Women's World Cup semi-final.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon the biggest game of the Women's World Cup kicked off between the United States and England in the semifinals.

"She saved our ass", USA player of the game Alex Morgan said of Naeher.

The drama on a remarkable night began before the game when the team-sheets showed that Rapinoe, who had scored four goals in the last two games, had been left on the bench, most likely with an injury although the absence was not explained by US team officials. (Although someone should tell her that we increasingly prefer coffee these days.) Her Lyon Tea Party celebration was the most withering put-down since the exchange between the characters Martin and Bob, a school bully, when they meet again as adults in the 1997 film, Grosse Point Blank: "Do you really believe that there's some stored-up conflict that exists between us?"

"Stay humble, we've got one more (game)", she added, referring to the final here on Sunday.

Rapinoe's replacement, Christen Press, scored the opening goal for the United States and Alex Morgan, who is relishing playing the heel, added the victor and then promptly poked fun of her opponent with a pinky-up, tea-sipping celebration.

England had two marvelous opportunities to tie the contest in the second half, however White was called offside after she scored and captain Steph Houghton was stopped by American goaltender Alyssa Naeher of Bridgeport, CT on an English penalty kick.

When England smashed through to the quarter-finals after beating Cameroon 3-0, Beth was pumped-but she feared she wouldn't be able to watch the match while attending Glastonbury festival.

The Stars and Stripes will be out this Fourth of July weekend, as the Americans look to win back-to-back Women's World Cups for the first time ever.

And when the final whistle sounded, the entire bench emptied and stampeded to Naeher.

"Megan has a slight strain to her hamstring so wasn't available", Ellis explained in answering the question on many people's lips.

"My eyes were like dollar signs I was so excited it was coming to me", she said. "The fact that we're consistently in the semifinal shows how consistent this team and the strengths of this team".

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"Obviously we have fun with celebrations and we had to keep it interesting". They will now go on to defend their title as World Cup champions this Sunday.

And it seems the American crowd at Parc Olympique Lyonnais helped the US striker ring in a new decade by serenading her and breaking into "Happy Birthday".

England are the underdogs in today's match, as is every team that plays the No. 1-ranked USA, but they'll take to the pitch with confidence and swagger that looks not too different than the Americans'.

The British media tried its best to provoke some conflict after the pre-game revelation that a couple of United States staffers were found in England's hotel, touring it as an option ahead of the final.

Looking over at his players, he started to think about winning bronze on Saturday against the Netherlands or Sweden, then Olympic gold in Tokyo next year leading a British team and triumphing in the European Championship on home soil in 2021 with England.

In 2015 she was in the starting line-up for the 5-2 win over the Japanese in which skipper Carli Lloyd netted a hat-trick.

The Americans also set a record for consecutive wins with an 11th straight victory, surpassing Norway's mark from 1995 to 1999. The Americans now face an England squad that brings confidence and defensive power.

As for Rapinoe, she says "I'm expecting to be fit for the final and ready to go".

In the moments after the United States sealed their quarter-final against France, Megan Rapinoe admitted she didn't even know that England were up next. Rapinoe, as brilliant as she is with the ball, isn't a plus defender, and doesn't have the speed of Christen Press.

Press delivered first, scoring on a header off a long cross from Kelley O'Hara that sailed over Telford's outstretched arm.

This Women's World Cup, however, has seemingly seen a shift in attitudes-a welcome movement led by women both in and outside of the sport.

Morgan headed a centering strike swiftly past the goalkeeper to give the U.S. "But we've got one more game, '" Ellis said.

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