Defending Champions the USA are through to the final of the Women’s World Cup in France.

First half goals from Christen Press and Alex Morgan last night saw them secure a 2-1 win over England in Lyon.

Ellen White was on target for the Lionesses and Phil Neville’s side also had a goal ruled off for offside by VAR while Steph Houghton missed a late penalty.

England finished with 10 players after Millie Bright was sent off for a second yellow card late on and it’s the third consecutive major tournament they’ve crashed out in the semi-finals.

On her 30th birthday, Alex Morgan scored the winner with a header in the 31st minute and ran to the sideline and stopped to sip an imaginary cup of tea, sparking a slew of memes and American Revolution references on social media.

The victory came two days before Independence Day in the United States, which commemorates the Declaration of Independence from Britain by 13 American colonies in 1776.

Morgan came in for some criticism for the celebration, with some English pundits describing it as “distasteful”.

She said it was her way of responding to her team’s critics, who have accused them of being arrogant.

“I wanted to keep it interesting,” she said. “I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebration. I had to try and step up this game.

“I feel like this team has had so much thrown at them and us. I feel like we didn’t take an easy route through this tournament and ‘that’s the tea.'”

The defending champions will play either European Champions the Netherlands or Sweden in Sunday’s final with the second semi final taking place in Lyon tonight at 8pm.

The US and Sweden already met in the group stages and the US came out of the encounter with a 2-nil win thanks to an early goal from Lindsey Horan and a Jonna Andersson OG