Women’s World Cup 2019: Hope Solo believes USWNT fears England in semifinals

Former USA goalkeeper Hope Solo believes the U.S. women’s national team fears facing England in the semifinals Tuesday, which is unprecedented as the Lionesses weren’t a threat in 2015.

The two teams have met 16 times and the USA has won 10 of those matchups, including a 3-0 victory in 2007 when the two faced each other in the World Cup for the first time.

“This summer, after victories over Scotland, Argentina, Japan, Cameroon and Norway to reach the last four, there might be a small sense of fear from the United States for this England team. And that’s not how the US have ever operated previously – we simply do not fear teams,” Solo, who is working as an analyst for BBC, wrote in a column published Tuesday.

“There’s a sense of arrogance in the fact that we like to instill fear in others, and we don’t operate with fear ourselves. This American team won’t admit it, but the Lionesses can instill a tiny bit of fear in Jill Ellis’ defending champions.”

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