Mary Earps BBC Footballer of the year

England Lioness Mary Earps has been named BBC Footballer Of The Year, after a fan vote.

After another successful year, the Manchester United goalkeeper added another accolade to her cabinet. She beat Fridolina Rolfo, Alexandra Popp, Sam Kerr and Ballon d’Or winner Aitana Bonmati to the title.

After winning the FIFA Best Goalkeeper Award in January, she went on to win the Women’s Super League Golden Glove for the 22/23 season, helping her club to finish second in the league.

In winning this award she set a new league record of 14 clean sheets, overtaking Manuela Zinsbergers record of 10.

Earps also won the Golden Glove at the Women’s World Cup in August. She played every minute of the tournament and saved a penalty in the final, despite England losing 1-0 to Spain. Throughout the whole tournament, she only conceded three goals, one being a penalty. 

She also had an impact of the pitch, when she called out Nike for their failure to provide replica goalkeeper kits for fans to purchase. They changed their decision after the tournament and when they went on sale, they sold out in hours.

In September, she also placed fifth in the Women’s Ballon d’Or which is the highest a keeper has placed in either edition of the award. She was also the highest ranked Lioness, with Rachel Daly in tenth position her closest teammate.

She was also named England Women’s Player of the Year and in the PFA Team of the Year in 2022/23, and is tipped to finish highly in Sports Personality Of the Year in December.

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