The 2019 Women’s World Cup comes to a close on Sunday, with the USA taking on the Netherlands in the final. England and Sweden suffered semi-final heartbreak earlier in the week, with the competition capturing the hearts of the world over the course of the past four weeks. There have been plenty of great moments on show during the competition, with multiple individuals showcasing their talents on the biggest stage. And with the final taking place on Sunday, we’ve decided to put together a ‘Team of the Tournament’.
GK: Alyssa Naeher
Naeher was the USA’s hero against England with a late penalty save from Steph Houghton. The American has featured in every game and has conceded just three times in six appearances.
RB: Lucy Bronze
With Phil Neville labelling Bronze as the best player in the world, the England right-back certainly lived up to high expectations. Bronze featured in every game for the Lionesses and capped off a fine tournament with a long-range striker against Norway in the quarter-finals.
CB: Abby Dahlkemper
Dahlkemper has been an imposing figure at the back for the USA and has missed just nine minutes of action so far. The 26-year-old hasn’t really been threatened by any opposing forwards and has impressed with her calmness on the ball and tackling ability.
CB: Wendie Renard
French centre-back Renard was a fan favourite with her dominant displays in defence. Renard was also a major threat going forward, with the 28-year-old scoring four goals in the competition.
LB: Crystal Dunn
USA left-back Dunn has been a consistent performer for Jill Ellis’ side on their way to the final. The 27-year-old has missed just one game throughout the tournament and has shown why many rate her as the best left-back in the world.
CM: Jackie Groenen
Netherlands midfielder Groenen has put in multiple consistent displays in France and scored a crucial extra-time winner against Sweden in the semi-finals. The Manchester United midfielder will once again be a key member of Sarina Wiegman’s side in the final on Sunday.
CM: Rose Lavelle
Lavelle was a standout performer for the USA against England and Spain, with her ball carrying ability proving vital for Ellis’ side. The midfielder has also scored two goals during the tournament and looks set to be key in the USA’s attempts to win a fourth World Cup.
CM: Jill Scott
Despite not making the final, England midfielder Scott was pivotal in the Lionesses run to the last four. The Manchester City midfielder has featured in every game for Phil Neville and surpassed Peter Shilton’s England World Cup appearance record in France.
LW: Megan Rapinoe
Despite being left out of Jill Ellis’ starting line-up for the semi-final, Rapinoe played a key role in the USA’s route to the last four. The winger scored braces against both Spain and France in the knockout stages, and without them, the USA wouldn’t have made the final.
ST: Ellen White
White has arguably been England’s best performer at the World Cup, scoring six times in her five appearances. The Manchester City forward will be looking to secure the Golden Boot with goals against Sweden on Saturday.
RW: Alex Morgan
Out of position on the right, but Morgan had to make the side. The American, who scored the winner against England in the semi-final, has six goals to her name so far and is the joint-top scorer alongside Ellen White.