The United goalkeeper is renowned for her commanding presence and infectious personality, and grasped the opportunity when it presented herself to show the nation her quality – something that United fans were already well aware of.
Earps was part of the England squad that finished fourth at the 2019 World Cup, where she was third choice behind Karen Bardsley and Carly Telford. After thinking her England chances were over after that tournament, Earps’ form for the Reds changed her fortunes.
Incoming manager Wiegman named our no.27 in her first England squad at the start of the 2021/22 campaign, and Earps hasn’t looked back since. Heading into this year’s Euros, Earps’ form and an injury to Manchester City’s no.1 Ellie Roebuck saw the Reds’ ‘keeper establish her place as Wiegman’s starter.
Throughout this summer’s tournament, the 29-year-old’s performances have only strengthened her grip on the no.1 spot. Often heard barking out orders to her defence, Earps also demonstrated her cat-like reflexes and composure as the Lionesses marched on to Euros glory and she conceded just twice throughout the competition.
In particular, Earps’ performance against Sweden was pivotal to the Lionesses reaching Sunday’s final. She denied talented Arsenal striker Stina Blackstenius twice and was a wall in front of the England goal.
The same could be said for the final against Germany. Despite conceding the equaliser in the second half, Earps was once again composed and resolute, laying strong foundations from which the Lionesses went on to make history.
And her celebrations at full-time were typical of what we’ve come to expect from our ‘keeper: full of energy and jubilance.