World Cup Semi-Final Preview – England v USA

England are looking to book a place in their first ever place in a Women’s World Cup final, but they have a to overcome defending champions and favourites USA.

The Lionesses produced their best performance of the tournament so far in the quarters, when they beat Norway 3-0.

Now into the last four, they have matched their achievements of 2015 – but now they want to improve on that and make the final, and boss Phil Neville admits making the semis is not an achievement.

“Nobody cares who loses a semi-final, it’s all about winning,” said Neville.

“No-one cares about silver and bronze – it’s the gold medal everyone wants. My players now want to win,” he added. “If we don’t get the right result, we’ll feel the disappointment and we’ll see that as a failure.

“That’s not me being negative, that’s just our expectations, our belief and our confidence.”

USA come into the final as favourites, but head coach Jill Ellis – who celebrated her 100th win in charge with their win over France – insists they know they have a tough encounter ahead.

“This team knows they have to earn everything,” said Ellis.

“We have tough opponents still ahead of us and we have to earn every right to advance in this tournament.”

We run through every game including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray, our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and BoyleSports’ Lawrence Lyons.

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England 20:00 USA
Stade De Lyon

KEY FACT: England have four straight clean sheets
MATCH ODDS: England 16/5 Draw 23/10 USA 20/23
BoyleSports pick: Ellen White to score anytime @ 11/4
ANDY SAYS: I am sorry to say but USA are set to win here, can’t see anything else…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: We all want England to win, no doubt but USA are a class above of everyone…0-2


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