USWNT vs. Netherlands lineup: Megan Rapinoe to start World Cup final

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe explains USWNT’s celebrations amid criticism Megan Rapinoe has overcome a hamstring injury to return to the United States’ starting XI for the Women’s World Cup final, while Lieke Martens has also been handed a start for Netherlands following a fitness test.USA forward Rapinoe, who has scored five goals in France, missed the semifinal win over England with a “slight hamstring strain,” but trained the following day and said all week she expected to be fit. However, despite not being involved in the portion of training open to the media on Saturday, she is healthy enough to take her place in Sarina Wiegman’s side. Related News Martens’ status was less assured, the Barcelona star having come off at halftime in the semifinals win over Sweden due to a toe injury she sustained when celebrating her winner against Japan in the round of 16. Christen Press, who replaced Rapinoe and scored the first goal against England, reverts back to the bench as one of two changes in the USA team, with Sam Mewis also coming in for Lindsey Horan.The Dutch have made just one change, Anouk Dekker replacing Merel van Dongen.The teams are in! #USANED#FIFAWWC— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 7, 2019last_img read more