Three Lionesses of England forward Lauren James has been hit with a two-match suspension by FIFA for the red card she picked up against Nigeria’s Super Falcons.
The length of suspension means that if England beat Colombia on Saturday then James will miss the semifinal against either Australia or France.
However, the two-match ban means she will be available for the final or third-place playoff depending on how the Lionesses fare if they reach the final four.
James was shown a red card in the 87th minute of England’s round-of-16 fixture against Nigeria after she was seen stamping on Michelle Alozie’s back.
England eventually got through the tricky tie 4-2 on penalties but had to manage extra time with 10 players.
She could have picked up a three-match suspension — therefore ending her World Cup — but the FIFA disciplinary committee deemed the offence worthy of a