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‘She didn’t let the team down’, The Lionesses boss Wiegman defends Mary Earps

The Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman insists keeper Mary Earps did not let her teammates down against the Netherlands.

England kept their hopes of reaching next year’s Nations League finals and Olympics alive with a comeback 3-2 win over the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium.

After the match, England captain Mary Earps apologised for her mistake in the second goal and said she let her team “down”. However, Wiegman supported Earps and dismissed her comments.

Wiegman said: “I don’t want her to talk like that, because you win as a team and lose as a team. She didn’t let the team down. Everyone does their best. You only let your team down when you don’t put effort in.”

Sarina Wiegman also praised her team’s reaction in the second half and said that they never lost belief.

She said “I think everyone really stepped up. We needed to step up as a team and we said that at half-time. Everyone did it and it brought energy to the team and the subs bought extra energy, that’s exactly what we needed. We showed up again both as individuals and as a whole team and that makes us strong.”

To secure the second place, England must beat Scotland on Tuesday and the Netherlands fails to win at home against Belgium.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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