How England should line up vs Spain in the Women's World Cup final: Let Ella Toone keep her place and use returning Lauren James as a supersub

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England will play in a first ever Women's World Cup final on Sunday, taking on Spain in Sydney. It's going to be an extremely difficult task, and a different challenge altogether against a team that will have more of the ball, and head coach Sarina Wiegman has a huge selection dilemma for it, too.

After being sent off in the last 16, Lauren James is available again. The Chelsea star was the most impressive performer in the group stages but has missed the Lionesses' last two games after deliberately stepping on Nigeria defender Michelle Alozie. Will she return to the starting XI, then?

The logical answer may seem obvious: Yes. Why not? She's been outstanding and has incredible match-winning qualities. But Ella Toone scored a fantastic goal against Australia in the semi-finals and put in her best performance of the tournament at the same time. Does she deserve to keep her place? And would James then be a great impact sub for later in the game?

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It's a huge decision that Wiegman has to make. As she ponders it, let GOAL have its say on how England should line up against Spain...