Get used to seeing 'Earps no.27' shirts this season
Mary Earps might not be a World Cup winner yet, but the Manchester United Women and England goalkeeper is unquestionably a heroine for football fans around the globe.
Although England unfortunately lost 1-0 to Spain in a competitive finale, Earps could hold her head high after dramatically saving a second-half penalty as part of another superb performance on the biggest stage.
Mary was presented with the prestigious World Cup Golden Glove award after the final whistle, underlining her status as the tournament’s best goalkeeper. It followed her success at FIFA’s The Best awards earlier this year and the likes of David Beckham have celebrated her achievement this week.
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In recent seasons, Earps has become a true role model both on and off the pitch: she is attracting new audiences to the women’s game and, crucially, inspiring another generation of young girls to play the game - with gloves on, too!
Mary’s popularity is also reflected by sales on our online store, United Direct.
We can reveal the ‘Earps no.27’ shirt by adidas is officially our second most popular United Women jersey so far this season, behind Ella Toone, and orders rose dramatically throughout the World Cup.
In our latest episode of The Debate, former United Women and England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is quick to praise Mary’s achievements Down Under.
“She had a fantastic tournament and there is no debating she is a worthy, worthy winner of that Golden Glove,” says Siobhan. “To see the performance she put in for the final and not come away with a winners' medal was really hard to take.
“It is a team game and everyone has to put in a performance, but she was fantastic. Saving a penalty in a World Cup final, making big saves in big moments for the team, her distribution was great, the way she commanded the team, the way she led from the back, you couldn't have asked for more.
“She will be hugely disappointed, I am sure, but you can't ask for more from herself and she should be proud of the performances she put in.”
United Academy graduate striker Danny Webber believes Earps now has an important role to play with younger players, alongside her fellow internationals Toone and Katie Zelem.
“I saw Ella Toone put on Instagram, 'it still hurts', but they can be proud of what they've done and what it does for the game,” says Webber in The Debate. “When you are playing at that level, playing in a World Cup final, semis, finals and winning European tournaments, to come back and help the growth of the game for the younger girls coming through is absolutely massive.
“They can look at them and say, ‘okay, well that's how you do it, that's what you know, that's how you go about your dailies’.”