England forward, Lauren James has apologised for her red card during the Women’s World Cup last-16 win over Nigeria, saying she will learn from the experience.
It will be recalled that James was sent off following a VAR review for stamping on Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie’s back in a tie England won on penalties.
“All my love and respect to you. I am sorry for what happened,” she said on social media to Alozie.
“Also, for our England fans and my teammates, playing with and for you is my greatest honour and I promise to learn from my experience,” she said.
All my love and respect to you. I am sorry for what happened.
Also, for our England fans and my team-mates, playing with and for you is my greatest honour and I promise to learn from my experience. https://t.co/Vi4hBIewiS
— Lauren James (@laurenjamess22) August 8, 2023
The 21-year-old was one of the stars of England’s group games, with three goals and three assists.
Nigeria’s Alozie, who plays for Houston Dash in the US, posted: “We are playing on the world’s stage.
“This game is one of passion, insurmountable emotions, and moments. All respect for Lauren James.”
James will be suspended for Saturday’s quarter-final against Colombia, however, Fifa could extend her ban to more than one game, which would see her miss the rest of the tournament even if England go all the way.