Lauren James “lost her emotions” when she was sent off during England’s win over Nigeria in the Women’s World Cup last 16, said manager Sarina Wiegman.
Chelsea forward James, who has three goals and three assists in Australia, was sent off following a VAR review for stamping on Michelle Alozie’s back in the 87th minute.
The game ended 0-0 with the Lionesses winning 4-2 on penalties.
“It’s a huge lesson for her to learn,” said a supportive Wiegman.
“She would never want to hurt someone. She is the sweetest person I know. It was late in the game so players get a little tired.
“She is inexperienced on this stage and in a split-second lost her emotions. It isn’t something she did on purpose. She apologised and felt really bad.”