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Wiegman: James lost her emotions, but will learn huge lesson

Sarina Wiegman says Lauren James apologised after the forward "lost her emotions" to earn a red card against Nigeria as England squeezed through to the World Cup quarter-finals.

James' reckless challenge on Michelle Alozie, in which she stamped on the Nigerian's back as the two tried to get up from a tussle, saw her receive a straight red card

It was upgraded from a yellow after a VAR review, with James now set to miss the quarter-final against Colombia or Jamaica. Her ban could yet stretch further depending on England's progression and whether FIFA decides to increase the punishment.

The dismissal had echoes of David Beckham's and Wayne Rooney's red cards from the 1998 and 2006 World Cups respectively - England's standout young star and player of the tournament so far stopped in their tracks by a moment of madness.

But England boss Wiegman says despite emotions getting the better of the 21-year-old, James never intended for the incident to happen.

"It was a moment of a split-second and it was later in the game so players also get a little tired. She is an inexperienced player on this stage and has done really well," she said.

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