The U.S. women's national team is not thinking about reaching a third consecutive Women's World Cup final according to quarterfinal goalscorer Megan Rapinoe, who insisted the competition holders are fully focused on a semifinal against England after overcoming tournament hosts France.

Rapinoe scored a brace for the second game running, netting in either half of a game USA dominated at Parc des Princes to go joint fourth in the USA all-time Women's World Cup goalscoring list with Alex Morgan, Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm.

Jill Ellis' side, who saw out a nervous end to the game after Wendie Renard's 81st-minute consolation for France, ran out 2-1 winners and will face England in Lyon on Tuesday.

Rapinoe admitted Renard's headed goal caused frustrationg among her teammates, but praised a stingy defense that held firm as the hosts looked for a tie in the last 10 minutes.

"I'm so proud of our performance," Rapinoe told BBC Sport. "It was a huge defensive performance and we tried to take the couple of chances we got.

"2-1 is one of (the) worst positions to be in, especially with the crowd against us. Our fans didn't outnumber the French fans and we were stressed, but we were in it together.

"We're thinking about the semifinal against a very good England side who have probably got a bit of rest in their legs with an extra rest day. There is a huge task ahead of us, and we're ready.

"We'll enjoy this tonight with friends and family but it's all eyes on England."

Rapinoe, who converted two penalties in a 2-1 victory over Spain in the USWNT's previous game, has scored all four of her country's goals in the knockout stage but she said France provided her teammates with their toughest test yet.

Going into the semifinals with a record of five wins from five, 22 goals scored and two goals conceded makes USA likely favorites to beat England, but Rapinoe admitted they could have played more attractive football against France.

"That was quadruple-y the amount of grit (from the Spain game)," Rapinoe later told Fox Sports.

"You have to give it up to France. They outplayed us in terms of having the ball. We were so good defensively.

"This is what it's all about. We'd have loved to play nicer, but we now have England and we move on.

"This is so special to beat the host nation in the Parc des Princes; you can't ask for any more than this."