Phil Neville has some tough decisions to make ahead of the crucial match against the United States tonight
England are aiming to reach their first ever World Cup final when they face the United States in a mouthwatering encounter in Lyon.
Phil Neville’s side have had a blistering campaign so far, winning five out of five matches on their way to the semi-final – which you can follow live on talkSPORT.
And they produced their best display yet against Norway in the last round, dismantling their opponents 3-0 in a dominant performance, although they did have the odd scare.
Victory over the USA would see a senior England side reach a major final for the first time since 1966, and fortunately Neville has no injury concerns among his squad heading into the vital clash.
And the build up to the huge knockout clash has not been without controversy.
On Sunday, the England boss criticised his opponents’ ‘poor etiquette’ as at least one member of the US team’s staff was in England’s hotel on Sunday.
“It’s not something that England would do. We’re happy with our hotel. We were training,” he said.
“But it’s their problem. I’m sure that Jill [Ellis, the USA boss] probably wouldn’t have been happy with that arrangement; I wouldn’t have been if that was my team ops person going round, and I’m sure that she will be dealing with their infrastructure within their own discipline, probably.
“It’s not an unfair advantage. It’ll have no bearing on the game. I actually found it quite funny. I just thought ‘what are they doing?’ It’s not etiquette really, is it?
Lionesses captain Steph Houghton and centre-back partner Millie Bright both played the entire 90 minutes in the quarter-final, having overcome an ankle injury and a virus respectively.
They are expected to start the match at the heart of defence again. However, it remains to be seen who Neville will pick on the left side of defence, with Alex Greenwood and Demi Stokes both competing for that spot.
Nikita Parris is expected to start on the right, with Jill Scott and Fran Kirby in the heart of midfield, although the latter has had a couple subdued performances in the lead up to the match.
Toni Duggan will provide creativity from the left flank, while Ellen White will continue to lead the line as she hopes to win the Golden Boot.
Here’s talkSPORT.com’s full predicted team below…