Lauren James starts on the bench for World Cup final

Lauren James starts on the bench for World Cup final

August 20, 2023

Lauren James will start the World Cup final on the BENCH for England, as Ella Toone keeps her starting spot for Spain showdown

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England’s confirmed line-up for the World Cup final has been revealed, with Lauren James starting the fixture on the bench.

Sarina Wiegman’s side will take on Spain in the tournament’s showpiece event on Sunday and has named a strong starting line-up for the occasion. 

The starting line-up is as follows: Earps, Bronze, Bright, Greenwood, Carter, Daly, Walsh, Stanway, Toone, Hemp, Russo.

There had been much debate as to whether James would earn a starting spot in the England’s line-up upon her return to the squad but Wiegman has thought otherwise.

James was sent off during England’s dramatic last-16 victory over Nigeria – where it took spot-kicks to separate the two sides. 

Lauren James has been named on the bench for England’s World Cup final clash with Spain

The Chelsea forward was sent off during England’s last-16 victory over Nigeria

Sarina Wiegman opted to leave James on the bench despite her three goals in the tournament

James was adjudged to have stamped on Nigeria’s defender Michelle Alozie and received a two match ban in the tournament. 

Prior to her ban, James had been one of England’s standout performers in the World Cup and had scored three goals in the early stages. 

More to follow… 

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