Earps Iterates England can be “really proud” of Women’s World Cup Run – Sport Grill

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England goalkeeper, Mary Earps has iterated that her teammates should be “really proud”, despite losing 1-0 to Spain in 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. 

Having become the first senior team in 57 years to reach a World Cup Final since the men’s team in 1966, England’s dreams to end almost six decades of hurt ended in heartbreak as Olga Carmona scored a first half winner for Spain.

Carmona’s winning goal came about from Aitana Bonamti’s interception of Lucy Bronze, from which she fed Carmona up the left via Teresa Abelleira and the 23 year-old left-back rifled into the far right corner beyond Earps’ reach.

Speaking post-match, Earps simply put Carmona’s winner down to a clinical moment, as she explained: “I feel like they had a chance and took it, and we didn’t. I felt like we were really in the game.”

That goal ultimately proved the difference despite theatrics of Carmona’s teammates in the second half which left Earps and many of her teammates devastated at full time.

Earps consequently has iterated that time to reflect will allow the team to have pride in their achievements, having entered this tournament without three key players in Beth Mead, Fran Kirby and Leah Williamson due to injury.

Reflecting on the present feeling amongst the squad, Earps said: “I’m sure we will feel really proud in a couple of weeks but right now it is really raw. Gutting.”

Earps however had saved a 69th minute penalty from Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso which sparked England’s desperate fightback, which ultimately failed to yield an equaliser to force extra time at minimum.

“I felt like it gave us the momentum, but we just couldn’t find an equaliser,” explained Earps of her save which provided hope of a comeback which ultimately didn’t materialise.

Looking ahead to their return home and immediate commencement of preparations for England’s inaugural UEFA Women’s Nations League campaign which starts on 22 September against Scotland in Sunderland, Earps warned that they will be “very competitive” to avoid further heartbreak.

Earps also won the Women’s World Cup Golden Glove award but has vowd to take heart from this experience once emotions cool, as she added: “In a couple of weeks, when the emotion has settled down, we will probably be able to look back and feel proud – it is no small feat to get to a World Cup final.

“At the same time you need to try and be as present as possible. These moments don’t come around very often. I will probably look back on this as up there as one of my career highlights but right now it just doesn’t feel like it.”

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