Womens World Cup 2019: Guardian writers pick their highs and lows

From kindly taxi drivers to the great goals, games and Megan Rapinoe, our writers tell all about their month in France Louise Taylor Match of the tournament England 1-2 USA. Yes, England lost and, on balance, they deserved to be defeated but it was tense and tight and a wonderful advert for the womens game. An evening when many of those who have long patronised the sport were surely won over, with even the most stubborn refuseniks having to admit …

USA’s mastery of fine details helped them beat talented England | Hope Solo

The difference between victory and defeat can be razor thin. It was the Americans who made the most of their resources in the semi-final The game between the United States and England took womens football to another level. It had everything you could want in a semi-final: two VAR decisions; great goals by Ellen White (OK, with one pulled back for offside); a penalty; a penalty save; surprise line-up changes; a tactical battle between the two managers, and, unfortunately for …

Lucy Bronze: Phil Neville is not the best coach but made England better

Lucy Bronze has defended Phil Neville, who has admitted his tactical deficiencies, but she added: Were disappointed not to have won the World Cup Lucy Bronze acknowledges that Phil Neville is not quite the finished article but the right-back Englands manager labels the worlds best believes he has succeeded in confounding the doubters during the past month at France 2019. Phils said himself hes not the best coach with the best tactics, said Bronze as the Lionesses headed home after …

Alex Morgan heads USA past England into Womens World Cup final

England are out of the Womens World Cup after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to USA, who remain on course to defend the title they won four years ago They have won new friends and influenced plenty of opinions during a transformative month in France but the Rhne was swelled by English tears as Phil Nevilles Lionesses proved second best to the defending champions. England head to Nice for Saturdays third-place playoff after yet more semi-final disappointment but with heads held …