Manchester United’s Mary Earps calls England Women recall ‘surreal’

  • Earps last played for England in November 2019
  • First 2023 World Cup qualifier is against North Macedonia

Mary Earps has said it is “surreal” to be back in the England squad after thinking “this is probably internationally the end of the road for me”, having not played for the Lionesses since November 2019.

“I was quite open and honest about that,” said the Manchester United goalkeeper, called up by the new England manager, Sarina Wiegman, for the first 2023 World Cup qualifiers against North Macedonia on Friday and Luxembourg next Tuesday. “My focus has maybe shifted in terms of being more intensely on United. To be back is a bit surreal and I’m hugely grateful for the opportunity. I just want to enjoy it and obviously it’s a hugely personal comeback.”

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