Live updates: Excitement builds as Lionesses bid for place in World Cup final

Fans will be watching with bated breath this evening as England take on the USA for a place in the Women’s World Cup final.

The Lionesses will be in the final for the first time if they can get past the defending champions at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the semi-final, coach Phil Neville said: “What I want my players to do is realise they are so close and that we have to go out there and deliver. Losing in a semi-final will mean nothing to me. We have to win.

Here’s the latest as England go for glory:

2.15pm

Getting ready for action…

2pm

After hitting headlines for their similarly grand displays during the men’s World Cup last year, residents of the Kirby Estate adorned their homes with hundreds of English flags.

Chris Dowse, 40, claimed his is the “most patriotic” estate in the whole of the UK, having put on displays for St George’s Day and England’s appearances at football tournaments since 2012.

“We haven’t gone full scale like we did last year but I’d still say there was about 150 flags flying for our Lionesses,” said Mr Dowse, who is self-employed.

“The women’s game hasn’t got as widespread coverage as the men’s – if people can see we’re doing it for the women as well hopefully it encourages a young girl to go out and kick a football around.”

1.30pm

Women’s World Cup: semi-final England v USA
(PA Graphics)

1pm

The Kirby Estate in south-east London has been decorated with St George flags ahead of the semi-final.

Women’s World Cup Semi-Final – Fans
(Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Women’s World Cup Semi-Final – Fans
(Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Women’s World Cup Semi-Final – Fans
(Stefan Rousseau/PA)

12.30pm

Leicester City’s Harry Maguire was among those cheering on the Lionesses.

12pm

England’s opponents – and the current title holders – did not seem too daunted by the challenge ahead.

11.30am

A group of primary school children from Suffolk have donned their England kits to cheer on the Lionesses for Tuesday’s game, sharing a video of themselves chanting “it’s coming home” to show their support.

St Gregory CEVC Primary School in Sudbury, Suffolk, shared a video to Twitter of their pupils singing the famous chant from Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds’ 1996 classic Three Lions.

According to headteacher Daniel Woodrow the children decided to make the video after doing similar for the men’s team playing in last year’s World Cup in Russia.

“There’s just been a real buzz around the tournament so some of the children came to us asking to do it again,” he said.

10.45am

Messages of support were flooding in ahead of tonight’s game.

10.30am

Today's the day. Aiming to secure our first #WorldCup final since 1966.

Good luck, @Lionesses! 🤞

🆚 USA🏆 @FIFAWWC semi-final🏟 Stade de Lyon⏰ 8pm BST📺 @BBCOnepic.twitter.com/4OXsew5Cao

— England (@England) July 2, 2019

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