US Star Megan Rapinoe Claims England 'Are Not As Good As Phil Neville Thinks They Are'
US co-captain Megan Rapinoe has fired out a shot at Phil Neville's England side in her new book, One Life.
But the US women's team were heavily criticised after co-captain Alex Morgan did her tea-drinking celebration.
The Daily Telegraph has published an extract from Rapinoe's new book where the 35-year-old winger admits that to "tease the English is such a pleasure."
And Rapinoe, who was the Golden Boot winner for the tournament, also took a cheeky swipe at England manager Neville.
The Ballon d'Or winner said: "I was injured for the semi-final against England. It was Alex's 30th birthday, she was feeling pretty jaunty.
"After her goal she raised her pinkie in a gesture to imitate drinking tea. It was epic. To tease the English is such a pleasure, they react immediately and get completely outraged.
"It sparked a whole new level of rivalry with Phil Neville's team, who are good, although not as good as Neville thinks they are. We won 2-1, and they were out."
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The American star told BBC Sport: "There was lots of talk about arrogance, celebrating too much, but this is what you want.
"These are the goals you want and this team is giving it to you -- it's defiance but it's cheeky.
"I feel like we're going to have fun. We have a very serious role to play so it is kind of a balance of that.
"We have always done this -- we have done cartwheels, sang into microphones, made snow angels when we played in the snow.
"The next-level trolling with the tea [by Alex Morgan] is so funny. It's so funny because you English are so uptight sometimes. It was just so perfect, you know?"
The US would secure their record fourth World Cup title with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
Rapinoe recently grabbed headlines after she slammed Manchester United over how long it took for the club to re-form its women's team.
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