LYON, France (Reuters) – Ahead Lieke Martens was named within the beginning lineup for the Netherlands of their ladies’s World Cup remaining on Sunday towards holders the USA, who recalled winger Megan Rapinoe into the primary crew after she sat out the semi-final.
Rapinoe, who has scored 5 targets in serving to the U.S. to succeed in their fifth World Cup remaining, missed the 2-1 win over England due to a slight hamstring pressure.
The 34-year-old takes the place of Christen Press who scored the opening objective within the semi-final. Midfielder Rose Lavelle additionally begins regardless of fears over a knock she obtained in the identical match. Samantha Mewis begins alongside her rather than Lindsey Horan who’s dropped to the bench.
Martens, the 2017 world participant of the yr, aggravated a toe harm celebrating her late penalty winner towards Japan within the final 16 and has been out and in of coaching since.
Nevertheless, she made the minimize to characteristic within the European champions’ first ever World Cup remaining, supporting all-time Dutch goalscorer Vivianne Miedema up entrance.
The U.S. are aiming to win a record-extending fourth world title out of eight editions.
Reporting by Christian Radnedge; Modifying by Clare Fallon