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'It's like having someone breathing down your neck in a marathon race': Izzy Christiansen insists USA are scared by England ahead of Women's World Cup semi-final showdown England will play USA in Lyon on Tuesday for place in Women's World Cup final  England international Izzy Christiansen feels England's progress scared the US  Christiansen is missing the tournament after breaking her leg in February 

By James Ayles For Mailonline

Published: 15:40 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 15:40 BST, 1 July 2019

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Izzy Christiansen believes the United States are 'scared' of England's challenge at the women's World Cup.

The two sides meet in the semi-finals in Lyon on Tuesday with England seeking to upset the current champions and three-times World Cup winners.

England have played an exciting brand of football in France and won all five games, including successive 3-0 wins over Cameroon and Norway at the knockout stage.

Izzy Christiansen believes the USA are scared ahead of the Women's World Cup sem-final

Izzy Christiansen believes the USA are scared ahead of the Women's World Cup sem-final

'I think they (US) are scared,' said Lyon midfielder Christiansen, who missed the tournament after breaking her right leg and damaging ankle ligaments while on international duty at the SheBelieves Cup in March.

'They've got so much history as being the best team, they are winners.

'But I think England's belief is more self-built. We've been through years of winning and losing and now we are in a position where our self-belief is where theirs is.

'That's why I think they are fearing England. It's like having someone breathing down your neck in a marathon race.

'You feel the hot air behind you, and I think that's exactly how the US are feeling now.'

Megan Rapinoe was a star performer for USA during their progress through the tournament

Megan Rapinoe was a star performer for USA during their progress through the tournament

The US also have a 100 per cent record in France and

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