Netherlands star Martens to undergo Women’s World Cup final fitness test


"That's a bad idea to put everything on the same day, in every way", Rapinoe said at a press conference as the U.S. aim to retain the World Cup in the final against the Netherlands in Lyon on Sunday.

The United States is about to conclude its summer in France with an opportunity to further cement its place as the best team on the worldwide stage. Instead of mocking the constant controversy surrounding the team at the World Cup, she unwittingly added to it.

"We've seen firsthand the last three games what it's like to try to go through Europe like that", Megan Rapinoe said. "This is the absolute best stage".

"There is some sort of double standard for females in sports to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate but not too much and have to do something, but it always needs to be a limited fashion", she said.

"It certainly is not fair", Rapinoe said of the gap in prize money awarded at the men's and women's World Cups.

"We've celebrated the incredible moments".

"It is awful scheduling for everyone".

The 2015 tournament won by the United States of America was the Netherlands' first ever World Cup, yet the "Oranje" have enjoyed remarkable success since under the tutelage of Sarina Wiegman.

The Americans face a Dutch team on the rise. She won the Golden Ball as the tournament's most outstanding player when the Netherlands won the European Championship in 2017.

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But one thing is certain about this team and its players: they are record breakers. She scored twice in the team's 2-1 upset victory over Japan to open the knockout stage but she injured a toe in the celebration and it's bothered her ever since. Martens was replaced at halftime of a semifinal win against Sweden. "I'm pretty sure the Women's World Cup final is going to be a big global event again".

"It is unbelievable to be able to play the final".

And seemingly everyone from US President Donald Trump to basketball player Sue Bird has had their say on the reigning champion.

"We don't know the outcome yet, so we'll decide tomorrow morning".

The top-ranked Americans pose a considerable challenge for the eighth-ranked Dutch. "It is so disturbing to me that the Women's World Cup does not have its own day to stand on its own and have a final to highlight these tremendous athletes and their work and their accomplishment".

After getting through the host nation France and a powerhouse English side, a final against the Netherlands may seem slightly anticlimactic. They back the team in a very strong way and have pushed the game, not only in our country but around the world, to a level that without us, we wouldn't be here in the world game, " she said.

US coach Jill Ellis also said no players have been ruled out, with midfielder Rose Lavelle the biggest question mark other than Rapinoe. While Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan talk about visualizing goals to get focused before games, Christen Press has been a longtime practitioner of Vedic meditation.

The pink-haired midfielder scored all of her team's goals in the wins over Spain and France before missing the England showdown due to a hamstring problem.

Morgan, one of the faces of the US side that has made history by reaching a third consecutive final, has been at the centre of a veritable storm in a teacup since using the celebration to mark her victor in Tuesday's semi-final. Ellis said no one has been ruled out.