How brilliant is it that the England Women’s football team (ranked 6th) has reached the semi-final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada! They play Japan just after midnight (BST). I have to admit I wasn’t hopeful that they’d survive the group stage after their opening match against France but they’ve battled through and proved me wrong. orka kiely iphone 6 case I think manager Mark Sampson has made some wise changes to the squad, mixing experience (Karen Carney, Casey Stoney) with exciting new players such as Fran Kirby. If England do beat Japan – a team ranked 4th in the world and not to be underestimated (watch out for the legendary Sawa) – they’ll meet the formidable USA in the Final. USA knocked out Germany, favourites to win the cup, in the early hours of this morning. horse iphone 7 case It’s such a shame my Girls FC series is out of print. The series can still be bought as an e-book but there are only a few titles in paperback left before they run out. Book 12 (below), where Megan and her team go to the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster to watch England play USA, would have been perfect reading. one direction iphone 7 plus case Here We Go The good news is my non-fiction title, Here Come the Girls, held here by England midfielder Jordan Nobbs, is still available from Collins. Perfect for the surge in interest the women’s game will have among young girls, thanks to the Lionesses’ success. Go girls! Update: Japan went through to the final after a cruel twist of fate. mouse iphone 6 case After looking certain to go to extra time (1-1 on 90 mins) poor Laura Bassett, trying to defend what looked certain to be a shot on target, scored an own goal, sending us out of the cup. Japan now meet USA on Sunday and England play Germany for 3rd or 4th place. That’s third or fourth place in THE WORLD people.