LIONESSES PLAYER RATINGS: Lauren Hemp steals the show

LIONESSES PLAYER RATINGS: Lauren Hemp steals the show while Alessia Russo and Ella Tonne deliver when it matters in 3-1 semi-final win over Australia

  • Lauren Hemp turned in a glittering display for England, capped off with a goal 
  • Everyone played their part but Ella Toone and Alessia Russo also excelled 
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Here are Mail Sport’s player ratings after England’s 3-1 win over Australia in the World Cup semi-finals. 

Ella Toone gave England a first-half lead before Sam Kerr’s stunning equaliser in the second half. 

Lauren Hemp restored England’s advantage not long after the Matildas got on equal footing and Alessia Russo sealed the historic victory with a late strike.

Sarina Wiegman has led England women’s team into their first World Cup final, where they will face Spain. 

Lauren Hemp was Mail Sport’s player of the match with an 8.5 rating after her goal 

England (3-4-1-2)

Mary Earps. Breathes confidence into England’s defence. Could get nowhere near Kerr’s phenomenal strike but made vital one handed save from Cortnee Vine 7

Jess Carter. Combative performance to help repel the Kerr threat. Occasional error in possession but superb tackled to block Kerr cross moments after the Aussie goal 7

Millie Bright. Uncomfortable battle with Kerr. Unable to cope when she burst away to score and could have been punished again when Kerr headed over. Fine diagonal to set up winner 5.5

Alex Greenwood. Solid in helping repel the counter-attack but distributed well. Arced in a fine first half ball which Hemp should have scored from 7

Ella Toone opened the scoring in the first half, finding her form at exactly the right time

Lucy Bronze. Not a major player but showed her class in flashes, almost clipped keeper Arnold from the acute in the second half 6.5

Georgia Stanway. Not at her best and didn’t contribute as much as she sometimes can in the pockets of space. 6

Keira Walsh. Key part of the midfield line which pressed Australia and chocked off their supply line to Kerr. The brain of the team 7.5

Rachel Daly. Excellent at both ends of the pitch, repelling Hayley Raso’s thrusts down the Aussie right but also joining in the attacks. Throw-in set the move for the goal in motion. 7

Ella Toone. A quite exquisite striker to send England towards the final. After a struggle for form in this tournament, came good when she needed 8

Alessia Russo. A major threat when moments came. Did well to hold up play and create Toone’s goal and was inches away from angling in a second half header. Fine finish for third 8

Lauren Hemp. The mainstay of this England team. Missed a good first half chance but bullied Ellie Carpenter into an error to score the second and beautiful reverse pass for third 8.5

Alessia Russo sealed the victory with the Lionesses’ third goal and could have scored a header

Niamh Charles for Toone, 90

Chloe Kelly for Russo, 87

Australia (4-4-2) Arnold 5.5; Carpenter 5, Hunt 5, Polkinghorne 6 (Van Egmond 81 6), Catley 6; Raso 5 (Vine 73), Gorry 6 (Chidiac 88), Foord 6; Kerr 7, Fowler 6

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