Diane Caldwell: “I might have been playing there [England] instead of Germany but Germany was always the dominant league so it was a dream of mine to go and play there.”  Photograph:  Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

With a few days to go before group leaders Ireland take on qualification favourites Germany in Essen, Diane Caldwell’s mood is decidedly cheery, her m(...)

Carli Lloyd’s penalty set the USA on their way to a 2-0 win over Germany in their Women’s World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Epa

The United States reached the Women’s World Cup final with a 2-0 victory over fellow international powerhouse Germany in Montreal. A penalty in the 68(...)