Earps scoops Golden Glove award as England fall agonisingly short

Mary Earps pointing, wearing a yellow football kit

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Mary Earps has been named the best goalkeeper at the 2023 Women's World Cup and claimed the Golden Glove award as the Lionesses were narrowly defeated 1-0 by Spain in Sunday’s final.

Goalkeeper Earps played a starring role throughout the tournament in Australia and New Zealand, making several stunning stops in the final, including saving Jenni Hermoso’s second-half penalty to keep England in the game.  

The 30-year-old played in all of England’s seven matches, conceding just four goals, as the Lionesses fell just short of becoming the first England senior side since the men's team in 1966 to win the World Cup.

The Golden Glove award caps an incredible period for Earps who lifted the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 trophy last summer with England. In what is proving to be an illustrious career, the Manchester United shot stopper was also named as The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper 2022 at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ earlier this year.

Earps, who studied BSc Information Management and Business Studies at Loughborough from 2012-2016, will still return home a national hero alongside her England teammates. 

Speaking after the final whistle, Earps explained how her personal award was of little consolation after missing out on World Cup glory.

"The team result is the most important thing really and we couldn't get that," she told the BBC.

"I just try to go out and do my job for the team, leave everything on the pitch.

"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.

"But we are very competitive people, we came here to win the game and get a gold medal, not a silver one.

"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."

The whole of the Loughborough University community is incredibly proud of Mary’s achievements and sends its congratulations to the whole England squad.