Megan Rapinoe Is Out of the USWNT Lineup vs. England

Megan Rapinoe is out of the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) lineup vs. England, but her absence is not disciplinary, reports said Tuesday.

On Monday, the USWNT captain was photographed wearing tape on her right hamstring during practice, indicating she had been benched for medical reasons.

When a U.S. official was reportedly asked if Rapinoe is healthy, the official said: "Jill [Ellis, the USWNT coach] will deal with that after the game."

CBS Sports reported Tuesday that the starting lineup would include Alyssa Naeher, Kelley O'Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Christen Press.

Judging from a photo taken by The Associated Press and later shared by Sports Illustrated journalist Grant Wahl, Rapinoe was not participating in warm-ups and her right hamstring was taped during a Tuesday practice.

Several Twitter users replied to Wahl's post, calling her benching "karma" in light of her recent criticism of President Donald Trump.

Rapinoe made headlines when an interview circulated showing her preemptively and profanely declining a visit to the White House after the World Cup. On video, the USWNT captain said she was "not going to the f***ing White House if we win."

"I stand by the comments I made about not wanting to go to the White House, with the exception of the expletive," explained Rapinoe at a news conference late last month. "My mom will be very upset about that."

Trump responded with a tweet, which was initially sent to the wrong Megan. It said: "Women's soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is 'not going to the F...ing White House if we win.' Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level..."

He went on to say that he was a "big fan of the American Team, and Women's Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!"

The president also promised to invite the team "win or lose."

At the same conference that Rapinoe spoke in June, Coach Ellis said the controversy surrounding Rapinoe's comments wouldn't impact the team's performance. "This team has a remarkable focus. We all support Megan. She knows that. We know we have each other's backs in there," said Ellis. "For our players, there's only one purpose, one mission, that we're here. Comments, media, whatever, it has always been something I think we can block out pretty easily."

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Megan Rapinoe of United States getting into the field during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between France and USA at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. Getty/Marcio Machado
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