Ian Wright Defends Mary Earps After Costly Error in England’s Win Over Netherlands
Ian Wright passionately defended Mary Earps, the goalkeeper for the England women’s team, after she made a costly error in their recent victory against the Netherlands. The match was part of the Women’s Nations League group-stage at Wembley.
A Dramatic Comeback Victory
Sarina Wiegman’s team, the World Cup runners-up, staged an impressive second-half comeback to secure a 3-2 win. The victory was crucial for England’s chances of finishing top in group A1 and advancing in the tournament, which also serves as a qualifier for the upcoming Olympics in Paris.
Despite falling behind after two goals from Lineth Beerensteyn, the Lionesses fought back with goals from Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp. Substitute Ella Toone then scored the winning goal in stoppage time, securing a dramatic victory for England.
Earps’ Costly Mistake
During the match, Mary Earps allowed a tame shot from Beerensteyn to slip through her hands, giving the Dutch team what seemed like an insurmountable lead. However, thanks to the efforts of her teammates, England managed to turn the game around.
Earps, who was wearing the captain’s armband for the first time at a packed Wembley, expressed her gratitude to her teammates for saving her from the mistake. She admitted that her performance was not up to par, but Ian Wright insisted that she should not be too hard on herself.
Wright’s Defense of Earps
Wright stated, “I don’t think she should be beating herself up like she is. She looked really quite distressed there. The fact is, on many occasions, Mary Earps has saved this team. Unfortunately, she made a mistake today, but we didn’t lose the game. Her team pulled her out of it. You have to take it on the chin and move on.”
England’s coach, Sarina Wiegman, also supported Earps and emphasized the importance of teamwork. She said, “We win as a team and lose as a team. That is part of the game. Of course, she didn’t let the team down. Everyone did their best, and we all stepped up when needed.”
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