England have crashed out of the World Cup after losing 2-1 to USA in a thrilling encounter in France.
The England skipper’s 84th-minute spot-kick was held by Alyssa Naeher, shortly before Houghton’s fellow centre-back Millie Bright was sent off for a second bookable offence, as the Lionesses exited at the last-four stage for a third major tournament in a row.
Engand’s Steph Houghton’s could’ve taken the tie to extra time has she scored an 84th minute penalty awarded for a foul on Ellen White. Houghton scuffed the shot low to the keeper’s right and it was easily held.
England also had an earlier goal ruled out by VAR for offside. Ellen White thought she had scored with an expert finish after being deftly played through by Jill Scott. However, VAR showed White had strayed offside by the smallest of margins and the goal was rightly chalked off.
In the first half, Christen Press put USA ahead with a firm headed effort before England clawed themselves level through a tidy White finish. However, USA then took the decisive lead with a confident headed finish from Alex Morgan.
A strong USA side looked dangerous throughout much of the game but England battled hard and threatened the American goal on several occasions.
The USA progress to their third consecutive Women’s World Cup final and will face either Sweden or the Netherlands on Sunday.
England, however, have the questionable honour of battling for third place on Saturday.