For the first time in six decades, England The World Cup Final is back.

Thanks to their talented, determined, easy-to-grasp women’s team, the country that invented the game has the chance to claim football’s highest prize for the second time and the first time since England’s men did it on home soil There is a bar. Way back in 1966.

Lioness run for sunday’s decider spain (Coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET Kickoff at 6PM ET on Fox and the Fox Sports App) But 2023 Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand have mesmerized the country.

Everyone’s on the bandwagon now, and no one is happier than lauren james,

a great game with the winning goal Denmark After this, 21-year-old James made two more attacks on China. England The playmaker was one of the breakout stars of the group stage of the tournament. She looked set to dominate in the knockout rounds as well. A red card in the round of 16 changed everything; James sent off for clumsy stumping on Nigerian fullback michelle alogi,

England’s Lauren James gets red card for violent conduct

as our Martin Rogers wrote at the timeThis breach is immediately reminiscent of similar moments of madness that have torpedoed England’s men at several previous World Cups, with one notable difference: whereas three lions lost on penalties after David Beckham was red against Argentina in 1998 and again eight years later when Wayne Rooney was sent off for stumping Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho, Lioness Moved on by winning the tiebreaker.

However, James was still suspended for two games – a major blow to the title-winning hopes of a team already decimated by injury. For Lioness To reach Sunday’s championship match at Sydney’s Stadium Australia, they needed to do so without perhaps the team’s most talented attacker.

England fans have earned a well-deserved reputation for eating their children. Both Beckham and Rooney were subjected to horrific abuse from their own supporters for their own misdeeds – and this was in an era before social media.

Despite being promptly apologised, and forgiven, by Alozzi – and despite the fact that England won the match – James prepared himself in anticipation of a similar flood, disabling comments on his Instagram feed.

Never mind that he was publicly supported by manager Sarina Wigman, his teammates and England’s FA, which said in a statement that “Lauren is genuinely sorry for his actions which led to his red card”. And she’s full of remorse. It’s completely out of character for her.”

None of this would have been enough to save James if England had lost their quarter-final Colombia or to Matilda’s Without him in cm. James will have to spend the next several years, maybe more, being reminded of the worst moment of his professional life at every turn. Career is ruined because of less.

It all came to an end as soon as England reached the final. Now James can only focus on playing the game of his life on Sunday, and not just because the trophy is at stake. After being bailed out by her team, she knows she owes a debt of gratitude to Spain.

Assuming she plays, that is.

After James’ dismissal, Wigman turns 23 Ella Toon for the win-or-go-home games against Colombia and Australia. Toon starred in both and scored a fine opener in the latter in a 3–1 victory. The coach may decide not to change the winning formula, or may determine that Toon did nothing to lose his spot.

There is no doubt that it would be unfair for Toon to have the biggest game in his favor or sit out a player whose self-inflicted mistake could have easily cost his team the title. In recent times many British pundits have said the same.

Chris Sutton, a one-time England striker, said, “As far as I can see, she can’t get James back into the team straight away.”

“If I were England manager, I would start the toon and make it clear to James that he has a huge opportunity off the bench to make an impact on the game,” said the former. Lioness’ Defender Casey Stoney, veteran of three World Cup rosters now NWSL coach san diego wave,

Either way James will be thanking his lucky stars.

Whether included in Wiegman’s lineup or deployed as a super sub, he has plenty of money in the house. England has survived and progressed twice without him. If they don’t win on Sunday, James’ red card and subsequent ban against Nigeria won’t be the reason. The haters will have to find a different scapegoat.

And if England prevails? James could easily have been a hero. As his opening performances in this World Cup showed, he is a game-changer in whatever role he plays.

Now he has a second chance to prove it on the biggest stage.

Doug McIntyre is a football writer for Fox Sports. Prior to joining Fox Sports in 2021, he was a staff writer with ESPN and Yahoo Sports and has covered the United States men’s and women’s national teams at multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @by Doug McIntyre,

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