Earps shares a defiant message with fans

Thursday 24 August 2023 16:55

Manchester United Women goalkeeper Mary Earps has posted an emotional assessment of the Women’s World Cup and vowed “the best is yet to come”.

After winning the European Championship in 2022, the England Lionesses did the country proud once again by reaching the final at this month’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand. 

Sarina Wiegman’s side gave everything to win the trophy, but they could not avoid a slender 1-0 defeat to Spain and travelled home with silver medals. 

Earps was one of three United Women players in the group, alongside Ella Toone and club captain Katie Zelem. In case you missed the final – seriously, what were you doing? – Mary made a miraculous penalty save before collecting the World Cup Golden Glove award at full-time. 

Everyone at United feels great pride in our three England players and, now that the dust has settled, our world number one has been able to reflect. 

Earps wins World Cup Golden Glove


Mary was awarded for her impressive tournament, despite England's 1-0 loss to Spain in the final.

“It’s been a few days since the final, and it’s still hard to find the right words and process all the emotion,” writes Mary via her official Instagram account. 

“We set out for gold and just fell short, there’s no shame in that. We gave everything, and I’m incredibly proud to be part of the Lionesses. 

“The adversity we faced and the way we came together, really speaks volumes about the strength of this group. Thank you to my team-mates and the staff for an unforgettable summer. 
“I have memories to last a lifetime and, for that, I’m truly grateful.

“Thank you to the fans for their incredible support, to those who followed us to the other side of the world and to everyone at home, we appreciate you all.

“We live to fight another day, and I know the best is yet to come.”

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Mary is a role model for football fans around the world and it's being reflected off the pitch.

Earlier this week, United Women team-mate Toone shared this message with her followers: “It will hurt for a while. Nothing but proud of this team, we will be back! Thank you so much for your support, we really felt it.”

Zelem also posted a message of defiance and looked forward to achieving more in the future. “Not what we wanted but still something we should be so proud of. A tournament of many firsts. History makers. Your support around the world has been incredible and we felt it every step of the way. The Lionesses are here to stay.”

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