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Earps scoops BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award
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Gavin Glicksman
Mary Earps has picked up another prestigious award
Mary Earps has picked up another prestigious award

Mary Earps is "truly honoured" to have been voted BBC Women's Footballer of the Year. 

The Manchester United keeper, 30, picked up the Golden Glove award at the World Cup after England finished runners-up in August.   

She also helped United finish second in the Women's Super League last term, keeping 14 clean sheets along the way.  

And the latest accolade is further recognition of her sparkling form in 2023. Speaking to BBC Sport, Earps said: "I am truly honoured. 

"To be the first keeper to get their hands on the award is special and I am incredibly grateful."

Fans voted on a five-player shortlist compiled by a panel of football experts from around the world, including coaches, players, administrators and journalists. 

Spain midfielder Aitana Bonmati came second in the poll, followed by Chelsea hotshot Sam Kerr, while Barcelona's Fridolina Rolfo and Wolfsburg's Alexandra Popp also made the list. 

Earps, who hit the headlines when she took Nike to task for not producing replicas of her shirt during the World Cup, added: "To be honest, I thought Bonmati might take it. I mean, what a player.

"There has been a lot that has happened this year. 

"Obviously, we've had the World Cup. We've had everything that's gone on with the goalkeeper shirts. 

"I've had the whole goalkeeper union behind me, it seemed like. Not even just that, just incredible support from the public and many people.

"Last year was an incredible season for United. 

"I think it's been an incredible year, an incredible couple of years. I'm just trying to make the most of everything really."

Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman was quick to pay tribute after her No1 picked up her latest accolade.

She said: "Congratulations, but you're not done yet. You have to keep going — get some more. Enjoy this award."


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