Manchester United women’s goalkeeper Mary Earps is representing England at the World Cup.
With the tournament kicking off in New Zealand and supporter interest at new highs, Mary Earps is rightly unhappy that it is impossible for young fans to buy her replica shirt.
Earps told The Guardian: “I have been desperately trying to find a solution with the FA and with Nike.
“Unfortunately, it has become very evident that is not possible and there is not going to be an acceptable solution for the young kids out there. On a personal level, it is hugely hurtful considering the last 12 months especially. There has been an incredible rise in goalkeeping participation.”
Laura Woods backs Mary Earps
She has been supported by TNT Sports presenter and ITV Women’s World Cup host, Laura Woods.
Laura Woods wrote on Twitter: “Mary’s one of my favourite England players. I get it’s not just Nike that do this, but how mad a decision not to produce & sell England GK shirts when that goalkeeper is Mary Earps.
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“And while she’s the reigning FIFA Best GK. And a reigning European Champion. Find that v weird.”
The Mail claim Earps has even offered to fund the shirts herself, however, was told it would not be possible.
Manchester United representatives for England at Women’s World Cup
Mary Earps is one of three Manchester United women’s players representing England at the Women’s World Cup.
She is joined by midfielders Ella Toone and Katie Zelem, who is Manchester United’s captain.
Toone and Earps were part of the squad for the European Championship win last summer with Zelem just missing out.
Alessia Russo, who has just left Manchester United for Arsenal, is also part of the squad.