Mary Earps has revealed that she received a congratulatory message from fellow Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea after England reached the final of Euro 2022.
Earps produced a fine performance in the semi-final win over Sweden, with one early save from Sofia Jakobsson's effort drawing particularly favourable comparisons to club-mate De Gea.
Describing the Spaniard as "really supportive" of the women's game, the 29-year-old said that while the pair do not train together at Carrington, she and De Gea are regularly in touch to discuss their performances.
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"I’ll take that comparison [with De Gea], no problem at all,” Earps said after England set up a final encounter with Germany.
“David’s messaged me saying congratulations. Me and David speak a little bit. We message back and forth about results and clean sheets and stuff.
"At Manchester United he’s really supportive of the women’s game; it’s always nice to have his backing.”
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Earps has reignited her international career under Sarina Wiegman, starting the manager's first game in charge last September and remaining as first choice in goal throughout the Dutchwoman's tenure despite Ellie Roebuck's return to fitness.
She has enjoyed a strong tournament, conceding only once so far on England's route to Sunday's final at Wembley.
The former Wolfsburg goalkeeper appeared to be drifting out of the England setup after travelling to the 2019 World Cup as third in the goalkeeping pecking order and failing to appear for the national team in 2020.
"I was very much of the thinking 'this is probably the end of the international road for me’,” Earps reflected on a difficult period.
“I never expected anything more. [So] I’m absolutely loving playing at this level.
"It’s such a fantastic feeling. I’m just so proud I can be a part of this England team.
“My team-mates have said some really nice things – some amazing things – about me and that just means the world. I want to be the best I can be for them.
“I watch as much televised football as I can. I watch a lot of Premier League games but I also study goalkeepers from all over the world.
"It’s really important as a keeper that you develop your own style though because not everything works. You might see something on TV but it may not work for you; everyone’s built differently, we all have different strengths.”
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