Lauren James given two-game World Cup ban after red card in game with Nigeria

England forward Lauren James has been given a two-match ban by Fifa for her red card in the Women’s World Cup game with Nigeria.

James, 21, was sent off for stamping on the back of Michelle Alozie in the last 16-tie, which England won on penalties.

The dismissal came with an automatic one-game ban which Fifa has increased, meaning she will miss the semi-final if England get there.

The Lionesses face Colombia in the quarter-finals on Saturday. James is England’s top scorer in the tournament, having scored three goals, as well as assisting three more, in the group stages.

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