England Lionesses v USA: international football friendly – live | England women’s football team
45+2 min: USA win a free-kick wide on the left and Megan Rapinoe stands over it. Her delivery is headed over the bar by Lindsey Horan.
England 2-1 USA
I’m not sure I made it clear earlier but the USA’s second equaliser was ruled out for offside after a VAR consultation. I’m not so sure it was offside but England look to have got away with one after the intervention of the fourth official.
43 min: Chloe Kelly is unable to chase down a pass towards the corner flag. Goal kick for the States.
41 min: Sofia Huerta puts the ball out for an England corner with the USA back defending in numbers in the face of an England onslaught. Beth Mead sends the ball into the mixer, where American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher’s attempted punched clearance is poor. USA eventually get the ball away but without anything resembling finesse or assurance.
39 min: Another backheel from Rapinoe deep inside her own half allows Lindsey Horan to welly the ball forward from deep for the USA. England clear.
GOAL! England 2-2 USA (Rodman 37)
It’s level again! The USA carve England open with an attack down the right flank. Smith takes on Bright and nutmegs her with a cross that finds it’s way to the unmarked Trintiy Rodman courtesy of a dummied backheel from Rapinoe. With only Earps in the England goal to beat from 10 yards, she makes no mistake with her low shot. VAR to the rescue for England – it’s been ruled out for offside!!!
35 min: Bronze and Mead combine down the right flank for England but Hailie Mace gets across to intercept the ball and avert the danger for the USA. Good defending.
GOAL! England 2-1 USA (Stanway 33pen)
England retake the lead! Georgia Stanway scores from the spot and England lead by the odd goal of three.
PENALTY FOR ENGLAND!
31 min: There’s a VAR check as referee Riem Hussein adjourns to her touchline monitor to check for a potential high foot from Hailie Mace on Lucy Bronze. She gives it, even though it could be argued Bronze ducked down to head a waist-high ball and got caught in the face.
GOAL! England 1-1 USA (Smith 28)
USA draw level. England try to play the ball out from the back, signposting their every slow-motion move. They make an absolute mess of it and Georgia Stanway loses the ball while facing her own goal just outside her own penalty area. She’s robbed, the ball’s poked forward to Sophia Smith, who only has Mary Earps to beat and pokes it into the bottom corner. Atrocious from England.
25 min: In the USA penalty area, Chloe Kelly is unable to get to an overhit cross from the right and the visitors’ goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher beats her to the ball and plays it downfield.
23 min: Fox walked off, holding her mouth, with the air about her of a woman who might have broken her jaw or lost a couple of teeth for the cause. I didn’t see what happened to her, but here’s hoping it’s nothing too serious. Or expensive.
21 min: There’s another break in play so American left-back Emily Fox can receive treatment for a facial injury. She’s unable to continue and is helped off the pitch. Hailie Mace replaces her.
18 min: USA winger Sophia Smith has a shot blocked by England goalkeeper Mary Earps, who is unable to hold on to the ball. A near post scramble ensues and England keep the ball out but eventually play is blown up by referee Riem Hussein for an England goal-kick.
17 min: There’s a break in play as Hemp receives treatment after shipping that free-kick in the face. A sore one.
15 min: The USA win a free-kick in the channel between the right side of the England penalty area and the touchline. Megan Rapinoe stands over the ball and shoots straight into the face of Lauren Hemp, who comprises 50% of England’s two-woman wall.
14 min: USA lose the ball halfway inside their own half and Fran Kirby squares it for Lauren Hemp in the visitors’ penalty area. Her first-time shot is blocked.
13 min: Lucy Bronze attempts to drive the ball into the penalty area from the right flank but her cross is intercepted and cleared. England’s tails are up after taking the lead against the run of early play.
GOAL! England 1-0 USA (Hemp)
England lead: England ping the ball around the back, trying to build and draw their opponents out of position. Beth Mead is played down the right touchline and squares the ball for Lauren Hemp. Facing her own goal, USA defender Alana Cook makes a dog’s breakfast of trying to intercept the pass, allowing Lauren Hemp to rob her of possession and poke the ball beyond USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
5 min: England work the ball upfield courtesy of good work from Georgia Stanway and American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher is tested for the first time. She saves comfortably from Beth Mead, who shoots straight into her breadbasket.
3 min: Team USA are dominating these early stages but England get forward. Beth Mead tries to pick out Chloe Kelly with a ball into the centre but the USA intercept and clear upfield.
1 min: Lucy Ward, a popular regular on the Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast, says she is “looking forward to an incredible game”. Sophia Smith advances into England territory and unleashes a low drive from inside the penalty area. It’s straight at England goalkeeper Mary Earps, who saves comfortably. An early warning for England.
England v USA is go …
1 min: Play begins after both teams pose for a photo holding a banner that reads “Protect the players”, followed by a well observed minute’s silence for the victims of the stadium disaster in Indonesia last weekend and the taking of a collective knee. The USA get the ball rolling, their players wearing blue shirts, shorts and socks. The players of England wear all white.
Not long now: There’s a light show under way at Wembley and Jill Scott has just placed the Euros trophy on a touchline plinth, to raucous applause from the a full house. Led by Riem Hussein ands her team of match officials, the teams march out on to the Wembley sward. Cue: the national anthems.
England v USA line-ups
England: Earps, Bronze, Bright, Greenwood, Daly, Walsh, Stanway, Hemp, Kelly, Mead, Kirby.
Subs: Maciver, Roebuck Moran, Zelem, Wubben-Moy, Carter, Parris, Toone, Park, Stokes, James, Salmon.
USA: Naeher, Cook, Rodman, Huerta, Horan, Smith, Girma, Rapinoe, Lavelle, Sullivan, Fox.
Subs: Sanchez, Sauerbrunn, Mace, Hatch, Thompson, Coffey, Murphy, Dunn, Howell, Kingsbury, Mewis, DeMelo.
Team news …
England boss Sarina Wiegman makes five changes to the team that walloped Luxembourg 10-0 last time out. Chloe Kelly – scorer of the Euros winner at Wembley in July – returns to the team and Fran Kirby also comes in, alongside Millie Bright, who wears the captain’s armband in the absence of the injured Leah Williamson. Lauren Hemp and Mary Earps also return to the side.
Happy half-century, England!
The 18th November marks the 50th anniversary of the England senior women’s team. England beat Scotland 3-2 in Greenock on that day in 1972 and tonight’s international at Wembley will be dedicated to the anniversary.
Nearly 150 former and current England women’s internationals are expected to attend the fixture as guests of the FA, and 20 former players joined the current team at the Lensbury Resort on Tuesday to meet the players and watch them train. Ahead of kick-off this evening, 12 members of that first ever 1972 team will receive a bespoke England cap on the evening as part of a special presentation led by Jill Scott, among other VIPs.
On what promises to be a busy evening for Scott, who is supposed to be enjoying her retirement, the former England international will later be honoured pitch side with the presentation of a framed shirt, before she brings the Euro 2020 trophy she helped win out pitchside to help gee up the capacity crowd up before kick-off.
Here’s hoping Sunderland’s finest manages to get through all those pre-match duties without any of that potty-mouthed effing and jeffing that went a long way towards earning her National Treasure status during the Euros final against Germany.
The Yates report: The United States captain, Becky Sauerbrunn, has demanded root and branch reform of elite domestic soccer in North America after an independent investigation found that emotional abuse and sexual misconduct had become systemic throughout the National Women’s Soccer League. Louise Taylor reports.
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Moving the goalposts
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Tonight’s match officials
Comment: Megan Rapinoe suggests a major gulf in quality between the USA and other international heavyweights no longer exists in women’s football but it is up to England and others to prove this at a World Cup, writes Suzanne Wrack.
Early USA team news
Alex Morgan is the most conspicuous absentee from a 24-woman squad named by Vlatko Andonvski for the USA’s friendlies against England and Spain that features big names such as Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbaum, Rose Lavelle and Lindsey Horan.
The San Diego Wave striker, who enraged no end of humourless England fans with her tea-sipping goal celebration during the World Cup semi-finals has been ruled out with a knee injury.
Still in high school, where she plays on a boys’ team (or the boys play on her team), Alyssa Thompson, 17, could make her debut in Morgan’s absence. With over 120 caps to her name already, Portland Thorns defender Crystal Dunn gets her first international call-up since giving birth to a son, Marcel, in May.
Video: Megan Rapinoe and her team-mates are “exhausted” after the release of the Sally Yates report into emotional and sexual abuse in the NWSL, but she added that the US women’s national team are used to shouldering off-field burdens. “We’re angry and exhausted and together, and unified,” she said. “So it’s kind of all of it.”
Early England team news
Since triumphing at the Euros, England have lost Lionesses legends Jill Scott and Ellen White to retirement and also have a number of absences through injury with which to contend.
Captain Leah Williamson picked up an injury in training this week that has ruled out the Arsenal defender, while West Ham defender Lucy Parker and Manchester United striker Alessia Russo are also sidelined.
In the absence of Williamson, Millie Bright will wear the captain’s armband, while Nikita Parris and Lotte Wubben-Moy have been called up to Sarina Wiegman’s squad as cover.
International friendly: England v USA
Following a sensational summer in which they won the European Championships, England host the World Champions tonight at Wembley Stadium. A friendly this may be, but it is the fastest England sell-out – men’s or women’s – in New Wembley’s history. With both sides unbeaten in this calendar year no quarter is expected to be asked for or given once the game kicks off, not least with the World Cup slated to take place in Australia and New Zealand next summer.
However, rivalry will be briefly set aside as both sets of players have planned a pre-match show of solidarity and togetherness following the publication of the independent Sally Yates report earlier this week, which detailed widespread abuse and sexual misconduct perpetrated by coaches in the National Women’s Soccer League. The report also found that teams, the NWSL and US Soccer failed to put basic safeguards in place for players. Both sets of players will wear teal armbands tonight to show solidarity with sexual abuse victims.
On an evening that should and almost certainly will be a celebration of the popularity of the women’s game in both the USA and UK, it is imperative that we don’t attempt to gloss over the harrowing verdict handed down by Yates, the former acting US Attorney General. Kick-off at Wembley tonight is at 8pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news, more on the thoroughly depressing Yates report and match build-up.