"She's incredible," said left-back Rachel Daly. "She brings a different presence to the team and a load of ability.

"I'm buzzing for her. She is so special and you can see what she can do in tight spaces."

In a remarkable feat, James emulates the legendary Jill Scott, becoming the second youngest goalscorer for England at the Women's World Cup.

Adding to the milestone, her goal also stands as the second earliest ever scored by the Lionesses in the competition, finding the back of the net at an impressive five minutes and 44 seconds.

"It was a wonder goal. She's got that magic in her," said striker Bethany England. "Hopefully she can produce more stunners like that."

James described it as "an amazing feeling", adding it was "something I've always dreamed of".