The United States Soccer Federation, USSF, has recalled defender Jaelene Hinkle after she was ‘sanctioned’ for refusing to play last year.

Hinkle refused to play for the American Women national team against Sweden and Norway in June 2017 because shirt numbers were rainbow-coloured in honour of LGBT pride month.

Defender, Jaelena Hinkle refused to play wearing the shirt because it is against her Christian faith

The 25-year-old defender opted out of the matches due to her Christian faith and since then was left out of the team set-up.

“God is good! Honoured. Excited. Ready,” an excited Hinkle wrote on twitter at the knowledge of her name being included in Coach Jill Ellis’ list for a game against Japan on July 26 and two other ties involving Brazil and Australia.

“I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what [God] was asking me to do in this situation,” she said, on why she refused to wear the LGBT shirt.

“I felt convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear it.”

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