Mary Earps named England Women’s Player of the Year after stellar World Cup continues superb run

Mary Earps picked up the top Lionesses award (The FA via Getty Images)
Mary Earps picked up the top Lionesses award (The FA via Getty Images)

Goalkeeper Mary Earps has been voted England’s Women’s Player of the Year.

The Manchester United player topped a supporters’ vote, ahead of second-placed Lucy Bronze and third-placed Alex Greenwood, after a stellar 12 months.

A year on from helping England win the Euros, Earps was key as the Lionesses reached a maiden World Cup final in Australia and New Zealand during the summer, and saved a penalty in the final that they lost 1-0 to Spain.

She claimed the Golden Glove for the tournament’s best goalkeeper, adding to the FIFA Best goalkeeper award for 2022 that she received in February.

The 30-year-old has recently been nominated for the 2023 FIFA Best award, as well as making the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

England team-mate Rachel Daly - a fellow FIFA Best and Ballon d’Or nominee - told a press conference on Tuesday regarding Earps: “She’s been key to us for ages, everyone in the world knows how good Mary is and she probably still hasn’t reached her potential yet.

“She’s a fantastic player, a fantastic human, deserves all the accolades. She’s a key part of this team and going forward is going to be a massive part.

“Everything she does is how she can be best for any game, any training session she’s doing everything she possibly can. She’s just a true pro and always committed to making herself better.”