Mary Earps

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Mary Earps
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Mary Earps in October 2018
Personal information
Full name Mary Alexandra Earps[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 29)
Place of birth Nottingham, England[2]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 27
Youth career
West Bridgford Colts
Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Leicester City 0 (0)
2010–2011 Nottingham Forest 4 (0)
2011–2012 Doncaster Rovers Belles 27 (0)
2011Coventry City (loan) 0 (0)
2013 Birmingham City 11 (0)
2014–2015 Bristol Academy 28 (0)
2016–2018 Reading 34 (0)
2018–2019 VfL Wolfsburg 4 (0)
2019– Manchester United 58 (0)
National team
2008–2010 England U17 6 (0)
2011–2012 England U19 10 (0)
2013–2016 England U23 12 (0)
2017– England 16 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 8 May 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12 April 2022

Mary Alexandra Earps (born 7 March 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United in the FA WSL and the England national team.

She previously played for FA WSL clubs Bristol Academy, Birmingham City, Doncaster Belles, and Reading, and in the Bundesliga with VfL Wolfsburg.[3][4] Earps has represented England at under-17, under-19, and under-23 levels,[5][6][7] and won her first senior cap in 2017.[8]

Club career[edit]

In 2009–10 Earps was promoted to Leicester City's first team squad from the centre of excellence, to provide competition for regular goalkeeper Leanne Hall.[9] The following season Earps signed for Nottingham Forest. She was an unused substitute in Forest's penalty shootout defeat by Barnet in the FA Women's Premier League Cup final.[10]

Doncaster Rovers Belles signed 18-year-old Earps immediately before the start of the inaugural 2011 season of the FA WSL. Belles manager John Buckley was pleased to secure her services: "She has outstanding potential and a very bright future ahead of her."[11] Earps began to play regularly in the second part of the 2011 season, then joined Coventry City on loan during the off-season.[12]

After spending the 2012 season with Doncaster, Earps joined Birmingham City ahead of 2013. In November 2013 she made her UEFA Women's Champions League debut in a 5–2 win over FC Zorky, staged at St Andrew's.[13] The presence of Rebecca Spencer limited Earps's playing time at Birmingham, so she joined Bristol Academy for 2014.

At Bristol Earps played in all but one of the team's matches through the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

When Bristol were relegated at the end of her second season, Earps left to join Reading.[14] In her first season with Reading, Earps won PFA Team of the Year honours.[15]

In June 2018, Earps joined defending Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg.[16] She made her debut on 8 September 2018 in a 11–0 win over Hannover 96 in the DFB-Pokal second round. The team won their third consecutive domestic double during the 2018–19 season.

On 12 July 2019, after one season in Germany, Earps returned to England to sign for newly promoted Manchester United ahead of the 2019–20 season.[17] Earps made her debut for Manchester United against Manchester City in the FA WSL on 7 September 2019, a 1–0 loss in the inaugural Manchester derby.[18] She kept her first clean sheet for the club on 28 September 2019 in a 2–0 win over Liverpool, the club's first FA WSL victory. On 26 February 2021, Earps signed a new deal with Manchester United until 2023 with the option of a further year.[19]

International career[edit]

Earps played for England under-19 at the 2012 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in Antalya, Turkey. She won praise for her performances despite England's group stage exit.[20] In July 2013, Loughborough University student Earps helped Great Britain to a gold medal in the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.[1]

Following injuries to Karen Bardsley and Rachel Brown-Finnis, England's senior national team gave Earps her first call up for an April 2014 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification match against Montenegro at the Falmer Stadium, Brighton and Hove.[21] She returned to the senior squad in September 2015 for England's 8–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying win in Estonia.[22]

In June 2017, Earps was called up to England's training camp for UEFA Women's Euro 2017 as a fourth-choice goalkeeper.[23] On 11 June 2017 she won her first senior cap in a 4–0 friendly win over Switzerland in Biel.[24]

On 8 May 2019 she was named in the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. As part of England's social-media facing squad announcement, her name was announced by radio presenter Clara Amfo.[25][26]

On 17 September 2021, Earps was named as the starting goalkeeper in Sarina Wiegman's first game as England manager, her first Lionesses appearance since November 2019. England beat North Macedonia 8–0 as part of 2023 World Cup qualifying.

Personal life[edit]

Between 2012 and 2016, Earps earned a degree in Information Management and Business Studies from Loughborough University.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 8 May 2022[28][29]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 2009–10[30] WPL North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nottingham Forest 2010–11[31] WPL National 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Doncaster Rovers Belles 2011 WSL 14 0 0 0 1 0 15 0
2012 13 0 2 0 3 0 18 0
Total 27 0 2 0 4 0 33 0
Coventry City (loan) 2011–12[32] WPL National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Birmingham City 2013 WSL 11 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 15 0
Bristol Academy 2014 WSL 1 14 0 1 0 5 0 6 0 26 0
2015 14 0 1 0 5 0 20 0
Total 28 0 2 0 10 0 6 0 46 0
Reading 2016 WSL 1 12 0 1 0 1 0 14 0
2017 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2017–18 15 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Total 34 0 2 0 1 0 37 0
VfL Wolfsburg 2018–19[33] Bundesliga 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
VfL Wolfsburg II 2018–19[33] 2. Bundesliga 2 0 2 0
Manchester United 2019–20 WSL 14 0 1 0 4 0 19 0
2020–21 22 0 2 0 1 0 25 0
2021–22 22 0 2 0 1 0 25 0
Total 58 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 69 0
Career total 168 0 13 0 26 0 7 0 214 0

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 12 April 2022.[34]
Year England
Apps Goals
2017 1 0
2018 3 0
2019 4 0
2020 0 0
2021 6 0
2022 2 0
Total 16 0

Honours[edit]

VfL Wolfsburg[28]

England

Individual

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Athlete Information". Universiade Kazan 2013 Russia. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ Mcloughlan, Shannon (7 June 2019). "Nottingham-born goalkeeper Mary Earps dreaming of Women's World Cup glory with England". Nottingham Post.
  3. ^ "Mary Earps: Bristol Academy keeper among four to re-sign". BBC. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Goalkeeper Mary Earps is a perfect fit for Bristol Academy, says manager Dave Edmondson". Bristol Post. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Lavery, Glenn (23 September 2015). "Caitlin Leach hopes to follow in Mary Earps' footsteps". England FA. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  6. ^ Trehan, Dev (17 March 2015). "Bristol Academy and England U23 goalkeeper Mary Earps eyes Rio 2016 Olympics". Sky Sports. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ Bradbury, Jamie (26 April 2015). "Mary Earps: I don't know where I'd be without football". England FA. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  8. ^ Garry, Tom (18 September 2018). "Mary Earps: Women's Champions League finalists Wolfsburg's new ex-West Bridgford Colts star". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Improvement on Leicester's agenda". Women's Soccer Scene. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Bees Spot-Kick Glory". She Kicks. 25 March 2011. Archived from the original on 23 June 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Belles Land Earps". Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C. 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Mary joins Coventry on loan". Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C. 29 October 2011. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Academy sign Mary Earps". Women's Soccer Scene. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Mary Earps: Goalkeeper joins Reading from Bristol Academy". BBC. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Mary Earps named in the PFA's team of the year!". reading.fawsl.com.
  16. ^ Frith, Wilf (5 June 2018). "Mary Earps leaves Reading for Wolfsburg". She Kicks Women's Football Magazine.
  17. ^ "Man Utd Women agree signing of Mary Earps". www.manutd.com.
  18. ^ Sanders, Emma (7 September 2019). "Manchester City Women 1–0 Manchester United Women: Weir seals win in front of record WSL crowd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Mary Earps signs new deal at United". www.manutd.com. 26 February 2021.
  20. ^ Aitken, Nick (6 July 2012). "Earps keeping the faith for England future". Antalya: UEFA. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Mark Sampson names England Women's squad for Montenegro". The Football Association. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  22. ^ "England call up goalkeeper Mary Earps for Euro qualifier". Bristol Post. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "Mary Earps to train with Lionesses' Euro 2017 squad". The Football Association. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  24. ^ Moore, Glenn (11 June 2017). "England's Lionesses continue Euro 2017 preparations with 4-0 win over potential quarter-final opponents Switzerland". The Independent. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Beckham, Sterling, Emma Watson & Prince William announce Lionesses squad". BBC Sport.
  26. ^ "England squad named for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup". www.thefa.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Loughborough University alumna makes Lionesses World Cup squad". Sport at Loughborough University.
  28. ^ a b "Mary Earps". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Player stats". fawsl.com.
  30. ^ "Mary Earps – Player Stats 2009–10". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  31. ^ "Mary Earps – Player Stats 2010–11". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  32. ^ "Mary Earps – Player Stats 2011–12". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  33. ^ a b "Mary Earps". dfb.de. DFB. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  34. ^ "England - M. Earps - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway".
  35. ^ "England record statement win over Japan to clinch prestigious SheBelieves Cup". The Football Association. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  36. ^ "England 3 - 1 Germany". BBC Sport. 23 February 2022. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  37. ^ "PFA teams of the year: Chelsea and Tottenham dominate Premier League XI". BBC Sport. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Aluko, Eniola (2019), They Don't Teach This, Random House, ISBN 9781473564480
  • Caudwell, Jayne (2013), Women's Football in the UK: Continuing with Gender Analyses, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9781317966234
  • Dunn, Carrie (2019), Pride of the Lionesses: The Changing Face of Women's Football in England, Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Limited, ISBN 9781785315411
  • Dunn, Carrie (2016), The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England, Pitch Publishing Limited, ISBN 9781785311512
  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368

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