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Five key tactical battles to watch out for: Fran Kirby up against Julie Ertz, key selection decisions and can England keep cool heads against USA in Women's World Cup semi-final? England must win tactical battles to beat USA in Women's World Cup semi-final England's number 10 Fran Kirby must get the better of USA midfielder Julie Ertz Phil Neville has selection decisions to make such as Beth Mead or Toni Duggan 

By Rachel Brown-finnis For The Daily Mail

Published: 20:55 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 20:57 BST, 1 July 2019


England have a golden opportunity to win the Women's World Cup if they beat USA in Lyon in their semi-final on Tuesday.

To do that, Phil Neville's Lionesses must come out on top in several key areas with Fran Kirby a crucial player at No 10 while psychological preparation may be decisive.

Former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis, who won 82 caps, talks Sportsmail through the key tactical battles of the night. 

USA boss Jill Ellis (left) and England coach Phil Neville will go head-to-head on Tuesday

USA boss Jill Ellis (left) and England coach Phil Neville will go head-to-head on Tuesday


Fran Kirby against Julie Ertz, a very physical player sitting in the No 4 position in front of the defence for the US, will be a fascinating contest. 

Ertz is a physical, no-nonsense, tough, athletic player but Kirby will be very smart — getting her body between Ertz and the ball, shielding it, drawing fouls and making sure the referee is aware of what is going on. 

Cunning tactics, you might say, but precisely the sort I would use. Kirby may also move wide to drag out Ertz and create space for Jill Scott down the middle.

Fran Kirby is likely to start at number 10 for England

Julie Ertz is a physical presence for USA in midfield

The tactical battle between England's Fran Kirby and USA's Julie Ertz may be decisive


I don’t think the American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has been tested enough. England have been outstanding at set-pieces, which have accounted for 70 per cent of goals at Women’s World Cup tournaments. 

You could not have watched England in this tournament and known exactly what they will do from corners, because they have done 10 to 15 different routines. 

It has been the same on free-kicks and they have

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