Megan Rapinoe is looking forward to facing England in the SheBelieves Cup on March 6, calling the rivalry between the USA and England “huge”.
The game will be the first time the countries have met since last year’s World Cup semi-final.
The USA were victorious on that day, beating the Lionesses 2-1. The match was a controversial one, with VAR ruling out an Ellen White goal for offside, as well as Alyssa Naeher saving Steph Houghton’s penalty.
England will face Rapinoe’s nation in Orlando on March 6 – 12 am GMT – and the Lionesses will be looking to retain the trophy they won last year.
“We’re the ones that have the number one on our backs and the big target but we understand that every team is gunning for us. It’s one of their biggest games of the year,” said the 34-year-old.
“We know who our toughest rivals are. The World Cup semi-final was a close game. I think it was decided by a long toenail.”
The forward has scored 51 goals for the United States, as well as being crowned a two-time World Cup winner and Olympic Gold medalist in 2012.
England’s form coming into the game doesn’t bode well for them, with Phil Neville’s side aiming for a third win in eight games.
Last year’s World Cup winners, the USA, have almost perfect record ahead of the clash – winning 11 of their past 12 matches, only letting in three goals.
Rapinoe’s teammate Julie Ertz believes despite the Lionesses’ dip in form, they still “are a good team regardless.”
“We take every game seriously, especially against such good opponents,” said Ertz.
“It was a huge game in 2019 but it is 2020 now.
“I don’t think this is a match we will ever take lightly.”
You can watch the United States V England on BBC Two, as well as their future games against Japan on March 8 (kick-off 7pm) and Spain on March 11 (9pm).
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