NICE, France — There are less than 30 minutes before France kicks off against Norway in the teams’ second match at the Women’s World Cup, but somehow at least one fan thinks France’s Delphine Cascarino is spending those final minutes roaming the stands inside Allianz Stadium.
“It happens often,” said Estelle Cascarino, 22, laughing and smiling for a photograph while politely explaining that she is not Delphine, her twin sister and France’s speedy right wing. “She is on the field right now!”
Estelle is an accomplished professional herself — she’s a defender for Bordeaux in the French league — and has made one appearance for Les Bleues, as the French national team is known. But she did not make this year’s World Cup roster. She didn’t expect to, and so said she felt more determined than devastated.
“I know I’m young and I have time to work, and I hope that sometime we will play together in a World Cup,” she said. This year, though, Estelle will be cheering Delphine from the stands.
On Wednesday against Norway, Delphine was not in the starting lineup, replaced by the returning Valérie Gauvin. Cascarino was France’s breakout star in the under-20…