Lucy Bronze feels England's desire to win the Women's World Cup is greater than any of the teams remaining in France due to their recent semi-final defeats.

The Lionesses meet the United States in Lyon on Tuesday hoping to go one step further than they did at the 2015 World Cup and at the 2017 European Championship.

Four years ago a surprise run to the semi-finals was ended in cruel fashion when Laura Bassett scored a stoppage-time own goal to send Japan through, while there was more heartbreak two years later in a 3-0 loss to Euros hosts Netherlands.

Phil Neville may have replaced Mark Sampson at the helm but Bronze and many of her team-mates were part of those defeats.

"We're short of that last step," the right-back told a pre-match news conference.

"We've still got that hunger. I said we would have more hunger than all the other teams because we've never reached a final and you look now – [of] the four teams left [England, USA, Netherlands and Sweden], we're the only one that hasn't reached a final. The Olympics, the World Cup, the Euros - these other three teams have reached finals in recent years.

"We've probably got that edge where we are a little more hungry for it, we are maybe more destined.

"It definitely takes more, but who better to know it takes more than a team that have been knocked out in two semi-finals?"

Even from her right-back role, Bronze has been England's key performer in France, having made more touches than anyone else at the tournament so far.

Her stellar showing in the quarter-final win over Norway led Neville to call her "the best player in the world", not that the 27-year-old agrees.

"He said it to me a couple of weeks after taking charge, 'You're the best player in the world'.  I was like, 'No, Phil, I'm really not'. He tells me every day," Bronze revealed.

"It's lovely that he has got so much belief and confidence. I don't see it as pressure because I don't feel like I'm there yet, I'm still striving to be better. I don't think I'll ever get there but I'll try my best."

There will be more support for Neville's view if his right-back excels against the United States' left-sided forward Megan Rapinoe, a star Bronze revealed she once had on a list of players she wanted to play against.

Their latest meeting will come in Bronze's home city after she moved to Lyon in 2017 and won back-to-back Champions Leagues playing alongside the likes of Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg.

"Going to Lyon completely changed my game for the better," the former Manchester City defender added. 

"The player that I feel I am now is a huge thanks to my development at Lyon."

She has also a stint in the USA on her CV having played at college level with North Carolina - something Bronze believes will give her an edge when she faces the Americans.

"I took a lot from my experiences in America - that American dream, the way they are as people and players, how driven they are – it's definitely something I took from," she said.

"That attitude and mentality they have, I took that and brought it back to this England team. It's worked in our favour."

Jean-Luc Vasseur has been appointed as the new coach of Women's Champions League winners Lyon.

Vasseur, a former Reims coach who was most recently in charge of Chateauroux, replaces Reynald Pedros.

Lyon claimed back-to-back Champions League trophies during Pedros' two seasons in charge.

Ada Hegerberg, who won the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or award, scored a hat-trick in last month's 4-1 triumph over Barcelona.

Lyon Women have announced coach Reynald Pedros has left the club after winning back-to-back Champions League trophies in his two seasons in charge.

Former France international Pedros won five pieces of silverware in total, including successive league titles and a treble in 2018-19 following his first Coupe de France success.

However, the club said in a statement that they had "ended their collaboration by mutual agreement".

A section of the statement said: "The club and coach felt it was necessary to change the technical organisation of the women's team to stimulate a new dynamic, allowing different methods and approaches to help the team continue to improve."

Pedros led Lyon to their sixth Champions League triumph in Budapest last month as Ada Hegerberg, winner of the first ever women's Ballon d'Or award last year, scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 triumph over Barcelona.

Martin Odegaard said the Norway women's team "deserves better" in scathing criticism aimed at Ballon d'Or-winning striker Ada Hegerberg following her decision not to play at the Women's World Cup.

Hegerberg has not represented Norway for the last two years and explained her reasons for not making herself available for the tournament in France, saying her experience at the 2017 European Championship left her "broken mentally", while criticising the state of women's football in Norway.

She described how playing for her country had left her feeling like "a worse player" but Real Madrid midfielder Odegaard fired Hegerberg a broadside in a message on Instagram.

"Maybe you could find something better to do than to disturb the preparations of the national team for the World Cup," said Odegaard, who spent last season on load at Vitesse.

"They have qualified on behalf of our country, one of the most important things that a soccer player can experience, and they have already received enough negative pressure.

"It's not the time. The team deserves something better."

Norway became the first nation in world football to pay their male and female players equally in the aftermath of Hegerberg's withdrawal.

In her absence, Martin Sjogren's side got off to a superb start at the World Cup, beating Nigeria 3-0 courtesy of goals from Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Utland and Osinachi Ohale.

Sjogren praised the link-up play between Reiten and Caroline Hansen in his assessment of the game as he hailed his team's ability to challenge for the World Cup without Hegerberg.

"We have these players we have, and we've worked so hard as a group to grow stronger every time we meet," said Sjogren.

"Caroline and Guro have been very good for us for a long time so I am not surprised these two made such a great performance."

Ada Hegerberg cannot change the world alone insists Marta, who called on female footballers to come together in the fight for equality as the Norway and Lyon star sits out the Women's World Cup. 

England international Nikita Parris has completed her move from Manchester City to Lyon on a free transfer.

Parris, 25, announced her decision to leave City after five years at the club this month, having been crowned the Football Writers' Association's women's player of the year.

And on Tuesday her move to Lyon, who beat Barcelona to win a fourth consecutive Women's Champions League title, was confirmed.

"I'm so excited, it's the biggest club team in the world for women's football," Parris said to Sky Sports. "There's no better way to kick on my career than to play for this team.

"I'm so excited to play with some of the best players in the world and show what I can do on the football pitch against some of the greatest teams as well.

"I was torn because obviously you want to make sure that you pick the right team but ultimately when Lyon come in for you it's not a team you turn down and I knew if I was to turn it down it would be a massive regret."

Parris will join England team-mate Lucy Bronze at the club, with both players included in Phil Neville's squad for the upcoming World Cup, which is hosted by France.

Lyon also boast the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg, who scored an 18-minute hat-trick to down Barcelona in the Champions League final.

Ada Hegerberg scored a brilliant 16-minute hat-trick as Lyon reaffirmed their dominance of the Women's Champions League by winning a sixth title courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Barcelona in Budapest.

The French side wrapped up a fourth successive European title inside the opening half an hour as Dzsenifer Marozsan's early goal was added to by Hegerberg's swift treble.

Toni Duggan squandered a good chance for Barcelona moments before Marozsan poked home Shanice van de Sanden's ball from the right to give Lyon a fifth-minute lead.

It was the Hegerberg show thereafter, with the winner of the first ever women's Ballon d'Or award last year set up by Van de Sanden for the opening goal in the 14th minute.

Hegerberg, who will not play for Norway at the upcoming Women's World Cup due to frustrations with the state of the women's game in her country, then swept home a cross with a first-time left-footed finish to make it 3-0 and she completed her hat-trick by steering in a volley from Lucy Bronze's delivery.

Barcelona grabbed a late consolation through Asisat Oshoala but the damage was done in the opening 30 minutes as Lyon made it half a dozen Champions League titles in nine years.

Ada Hegerberg has been left out of the Norway squad for the Women's World Cup.

The Lyon star, the winner of the first women's Ballon d'Or last year, was expected to miss the tournament in France as she has not played international football since 2017.

Hegerberg has chosen not to play for her country since the European Championship of two years ago due to frustrations with the state of the women's game in Norway.

"We tried to solve it, we had meetings, but she decided not to play," coach Martin Sjogren said to BBC World Service in February.

"As a coach, you need to focus on the players who want to be a part of the team and Ada doesn't.

"We respect that, and we have been working hard with the other players and they have been doing a great job."

The player's sister, Andrine Hegerberg of Paris Saint-Germain, is also not in Norway's 23-woman squad.

Lyon booked their place in the Women's Champions League final with a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea on Sunday, triumphing 3-2 on aggregate.

Five-time winners Lyon are hunting a fourth successive Champions League triumph and they edged out the resilient Chelsea to set up a meeting with Barcelona in Budapest on May 18.

Maren Mjelde's own goal put the French side ahead in the 17th minute, but the Blues drew level on the day when Ji So-yun curled in a free-kick before half-time.

Karen Carney hit the woodwork in the 58th minute as Chelsea pushed to take the tie to extra time, before Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg squandered a chance to put the result beyond doubt.

However, Lyon held firm to progress to their eighth Champions League final since 2010.

Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg has the backing of former United States star Hope Solo as she continues her absence from international football through the Women's World Cup.

Lyon forward Hegerberg stepped away from representing Norway in 2017 due to frustrations with the state of the women's game in her home country.

Norway coach Martin Sjogren confirmed last month that the 23-year-old would not be available for selection during this year's World Cup, which gets under way on June 7 in Paris.

Ex-USA goalkeeper Solo, who collected 202 caps for her country and won the World Cup in 2015, supports Hegerberg's decision, believing high-profile players need to influence change in the sport.

"We're not going to create the change that we want to see in women's football until people like Ada take a stance," Solo, speaking courtesy of Street Soccer USA, told Omnisport.

"It's not the easy thing to do, in life, or in football, but I admire her for it and I know it was a tougher road.

"Often times, taking that tougher road is the only way that people who come after us are going to reap the benefits from it, so she has all of my respect in the world and I hope she continues to fight and continues to change the game from the outside."

Solo is more positive about football's development in the States in recent years, claiming that the sport is strong enough without top male stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney moving to MLS.

"When we have these big-name players come to the United States, I think it brings excitement, it brings ticket sales and it brings endorsement value and marketing value to the game here in the United States," she said.

"I do have to play devil's advocate a little bit, because that's what I tend to do, but had they not come to America to play, I still think our sport has a solid foundation here in America where it would continue to be successful and it would continue to grow.

"So I am happy to see that they want to come to America because the soccer is actually adequate, it's intense and competitive, but, at the same time, no longer do I think we need anybody to build the game here in America."

Norway coach Martin Sjogren says there is no chance Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg will play at this year's Women's World Cup.

The 23-year-old Lyon striker has not played for her country since they were knocked out of Women's Euro 2017 with three defeats from as many games.

Hegerberg, who won the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or last year, stepped away from international football because of frustrations with the state of the women's game within Norway.

Sjogren says they have been unable to reach an understanding over the issue, meaning Hegerberg will not be involved in France this year.

"We tried to solve it, we had meetings, but she decided not to play," he said to BBC World Service.

"As a coach, you need to focus on the players who want to be a part of the team and Ada doesn't.

"We respect that, and we have been working hard with the other players and they have been doing a great job."

The tournament begins in Paris on June 7, when host nation France face South Korea.

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Marta picked up the Women's Player prize at the FIFA Best Awards, while Lyon's triumph in the Women's Champions League was also recognised. 

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