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Lionesses Squad

Mary Earps

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Manchester United’s number one has asserted herself as Wiegman’s first choice between the sticks after being absent from the international stage for a couple of years. Wiegman trusts in Earps and after her outstanding display at the Euro’s, it is easy to see why. Here is a goalkeeper who does her homework, one who is exceptionally well prepared against individual opponents and knows exactly when to put her game face on. Earps is a capable shot-stopper and is unafraid to step out and take defensive work into her own hands.

Known to be vocal, Earps ensures she is in constant communication with those around her. Her direct nature allows her to articulate exactly what she expects of her defensive line, which is a critical when defending set-pieces. Earps also demonstrates accuracy with passing and is comfortable to sit between centre-backs to allow fullbacks to stretch the pitch when playing out from the back.

Photograph courtesy of the FA.

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