In-form Rapinoe dropped to USA bench, goalkeeper Telford drafted in for England
Megan Rapinoe was dropped to the bench for the United States' Women's World Cup semi-final against England, despite scoring back-to-back braces in the previous two rounds.
Christen Press was preferred on the left-hand side of USA's attack, with the defending champions' coach Jill Ellis making a bold decision given Rapinoe came into the game as one of the tournament's leading scorers on five goals.
Rapinoe was subsequently absent from her team's warm-up on the field before kick-off and her omission was one of two changes to USA's team, the other being the inclusion of Lindsey Horan for Sam Mewis in midfield.
There was also a surprise name in the England XI as goalkeeper Karen Bardsley was unable to take her place between the posts due to a hamstring injury, Carly Telford coming in for just her second start at a major tournament.
Rachel Daly and Beth Mead were in Phil Neville's starting line-up as Fran Kirby and Toni Duggan dropped out for an England team bidding to make their first ever World Cup final.
14 - Since her debut at the Women’s World Cup in 2011, USA’s Megan Rapinoe has been involved in more goals at the tournament than any other player (14 – 8 goals, 6 assists). Benched. #FIFAWWCpic.twitter.com/yszV8P405e— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 2, 2019