Eni Aluko: We all have moments in life when our morals are called into question

When the striker called out racism in the England camp, it ended her international career. She explains why the fight was worth it Eniola Aluko is one of only 11 female footballers to have played more than 100 times for England. She has scored some of the Lionesses most memorable goals, was the first female pundit on Match Of The Day, and is a qualified lawyer, having graduated from Brunel University London with a first in 2008. But it is as a whistleblower that she is destined to be best remembered. And, like many whistleblowers, she has spent the subsequent years being rubbished by those she exposed. Now she has written a memoir. They Dont Teach This is a fascinating …

Women’s World Cup the best shots by female photographers | Picture essay

Our picture editor Jonny Weeks looks back at a captivating tournament in France through the work of six exceptional female photographers While the 2019 Womens World Cup brought global attention to the talents of the worlds best female footballers, it also shone a light on the skills of the many female photographers who cover the beautiful game. From their positions on the sidelines, theyve captured the joy and despair not to mention the many VAR controversies during the past month in France. Here are our favourite pictures from six outstanding photographers: Naomi Baker, Hannah Peters, Charlotte Wilson, Catherine Ivill, Maja Hitij and Marianna Massey. Click on the images for caption info.

FA furious after US officials are caught in Englands World Cup hotel

The Football Association is furious after US team officials were caught in private rooms in Englands hotel two days before the teams meet in the Womens World Cup semi-final An extraordinary spygate row has broken out at the Womens World Cup after undercover US team officials were caught wandering into private rooms at Englands hotel while Phil Nevilles side were out training. The Football Association is furious over the incident, which occurred on Sunday morning, two days before the teams meet in Tuesdays semi-final. It claimed that it would never scope out another teams hotel let alone enter their inner sanctum while they were still in the tournament. It is understood the US officials were not wearing official team uniforms …

Alex Morgan heads USA past England into Womens World Cup final

England are out of the Womens World Cup after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to USA, who remain on course to defend the title they won four years ago They have won new friends and influenced plenty of opinions during a transformative month in France but the Rhne was swelled by English tears as Phil Nevilles Lionesses proved second best to the defending champions. England head to Nice for Saturdays third-place playoff after yet more semi-final disappointment but with heads held high having played their part in a wonderful game featuring some particularly harsh luck. Foremost among it was the marginal offside which saw an Ellen White goal disallowed and, later, a penalty miss by Steph Houghton. Granted, the @guardian_sport Facebook: …

Cameroon meltdown was unimpressive but context is all important | Njie Enow

The Cameroon players lost their cool against England but they have been brought up on tales of injustice from Italia 90 and were desperate to win It was the summer of 1990 and the worlds best football nations had been battling for supremacy in Italy but a hitherto unknown central African state, Cameroon, had stolen the headlines. Jingoism was at its peak in the nation that was only appearing in the World Cup for the second time. The Indomitable Lions, as the Cameroon team are known, had become the first African side to reach the quarter-finals before that lost to England in the Womens World Cup in controversial circumstances on Sunday were not even born then, but the tale from …

England fans escorted from stadium amid Cameroon World Cup tensions

England fans have told how they were escorted from the ground following the 3-0 defeat of Cameroon after tensions flared in the crowd England fans have told how they were escorted from the ground following the Cameroonian frustration at VAR decisions was reflected in the stands. Once the VAR decisions happened, the atmosphere soured off the pitch as much as on the pitch, reported the England fans. Some fans became quite aggressive with stewards, one or two pushed stewards and were led out. There was also verbal abuse aimed at anybody in Fifa gear on the pitch at half-time. Just as people calmed down, the second-half disallowed goal kicked it all off again. It didnt help that Fifa kept showing …

Fifa investigating Cameroon behaviour in World Cup defeat against England

Fifa is holding an investigation into the behaviour of the Cameroon team during their 3-0 loss against England in the last 16 of the Womens World Cup Fifa is holding a priority investigation, to be concluded within 48 hours, into the behaviour of the Cameroon team during their The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. It is also believed Fifa has officially adjudged the performance of the referee, Chinas Qin Liang, as good and found every decision and the use of VAR was correct, using the protocols and were applied to the letter. Officials also think Qin did all she could to ensure a prompt restart after the VAR delays. It is understood that Fifa accepts mistakes …

Karen Bardsley questions cruel VAR decisions after Scotland penalty drama

Englands goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has expressed misgivings about the use of VAR to judge the movement of goalkeepers Englands goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has expressed misgivings about the use of VAR to judge the movement of goalkeepers, saying it seems cruel and pedantic. Scotlands hopes of making the last 16 of the World Cup disappeared when Argentina re-took and scored an after Englands 2-0 win over Japan, added: We were briefed by the referees and they did mention that if we do move off the line. But if its a toenail Fingers crossed, fortunately nothing has really happened to us, but it just seems cruel. And so pedantic. Bardsley said she did not pay attention to the precise position of her …