BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Mary Earps of England in action during a training session ahead of their Women's World Cup qualifier match against North Macedonia at St George's Park on April 05, 2022 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) - NOTE: FAWSL Full-Time uses images provided by the following image agencies via OneFootball: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/)

England take pride in defensive record says goalkeeper Earps

England goalkeeper Mary Earps says that the team take great pride in defending resolutely and keeping clean sheets.

The Lionesses have thrilled with their attacking play and goalscoring at this summer’s UEFA Women’s EURO but keeping clean sheets at the other end of the pitch is just as important.

England didn’t concede a single goal in the group stage while they also kept a clean sheet against Sweden in the semi-finals. When speaking on Lionesses Live, England goalkeeper Earps discussed the team’s feelings towards their defensive record.

“I think we have defended really well throughout the tournament to be fair,” Earps said. “I think you can see that we really don’t want to concede and we pride ourselves on that. We’re really focused.

“Even in the Norway game, which was a very unusual game – not one that we really expected – Lucy (Bronze) will tell you how many times she turned around to me each time we scored a goal to say ‘we don’t concede now, Mary’.

“We definitely want to pride ourselves on our defending for sure. It’s a team effort and it takes a lot. It’s not always easy so we’ve done well.”

Earps has been one of England’s unsung heroes of the tournament, putting in solid performances in the knockouts and helping the team to progress to this evening’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 final against Germany. The Manchester United keeper went on to play down her instrumental role.

She said “I guess I don’t really think of it like that, I’m just trying to do my job for the team. All I want to do is help the girls and for a lot of this tournament, they haven’t needed me.”

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