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Sarina Wiegman: Lauren James misplaced her feelings as England attain quarter-finals

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England boss Sarina Wiegman admitted “sweetest particular person” Lauren James “misplaced her feelings” as she obtained a pink card that might see the 21-year-old miss the rest of the World Cup.

The Lionesses superior to the quarter-finals after surviving James’ dismissal late within the second half to beat Nigeria on penalties, with Euro 2022 hero Chloe Kelly scoring the successful spot-kick in a 4-2 shoot-out success.

James’ brace and two assists earned her player-of-the-match honours towards China, however this time she was despatched off after it was dominated she had intentionally stepped on the again of Nigeria defender Michelle Alozie with three minutes of regular time remaining of a recreation that ended goalless after 120 minutes.

Wiegman, who had not watched the incident again, mentioned: “She’s an inexperienced participant on this stage and has accomplished very well, and I believe in a cut up second she simply misplaced her feelings.

“And naturally she doesn’t need to harm anybody. She’s the sweetest particular person I do know, and issues occur like that and you’ll’t change it anymore, so it’s an enormous lesson for her to study, however in fact it’s not one thing that she actually did on function.”

Wiegman mentioned she personally delivered an analogous speech to James, including: “In fact she apologised and he or she felt actually, actually unhealthy.”

James turned the fourth England participant to be despatched off in a World Cup knockout match after David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and present England captain Millie Shiny, who was proven a second yellow towards america within the 2019 semi-finals.

Chelsea ahead James, who made her World Cup debut towards Haiti, faces at minimal a one-match ban, however that may very well be prolonged by FIFA’s disciplinary committee to a few which might see her miss the remainder of the event even when the Lionesses attain the ultimate.

England’s spirits have been excessive to start Monday night time’s contest in Brisbane, the place midfielder Keira Walsh made a outstanding return from what many thought was a tournament-ending knee harm 10 days in the past towards Denmark.

Walsh performed 120 minutes towards Nigeria earlier than being substituted however Wiegman mentioned: “She was cramping slightly bit, so we needed to take her off, however she’s OK.”

Wiegman benefitted from a wholesome aspect en path to England’s Euro 2022 triumph, however after coping with a number of harm issues within the run-up to the event and coping with out key presence Walsh and now breakout expertise James, she admitted: “I’ve by no means skilled so many issues, however in fact it’s my job to think about issues that may occur in a recreation or in a event or forward of the event.

“So that you attempt to flip each stone, after which attempt to already consider an answer if issues occur, and immediately we obtained completely examined on these turned stones.”

Nigeria had impressed all through the group stage and have been no totally different towards England, twice hitting the crossbar and irritating the Lionesses by using the next press for this knockout encounter.

However England held on in James’ absence to make sure their future could be determined by spot-kicks, with Bethany England, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood and Kelly all scoring after Georgia Stanway fired the primary broad.

“I’m actually pleased with the crew,” added Wiegman. “We’ve had many setbacks. I believe this (James pink card) was a giant one too.

“We needed to reorganise and do one thing else on the pitch and we didn’t want any minute to take action.

“And naturally gamers obtained actually, actually drained, however we actually caught collectively and confirmed plenty of resilience.”

Nigeria head coach Randy Waldrum, whose contract along with his federation is quickly set to run out, mentioned: “They simply performed their coronary heart out. I couldn’t be extra pleased with them. I take away that we will be and possibly ought to be one of many prime groups on the planet.

“I actually hope that FIFA rating goes from 40 to a greater quantity than that, however extra importantly I believe we’ve proven that we’re able to taking part in with anyone.

“I believe we gave some groups which are nonetheless alive on this event at the least a blueprint of tips on how to strategy (England).”

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