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Goalkeeper star injured after 28 seconds in England’s home loss

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Mary Earps sat down with hip problems at the very start of England’s home game against France in the European Championship qualifiers. The goalkeeper had to be replaced in his 50th international match. Photo: Ian Hodgson / PA / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 31.05.2024 23:03:02

Sport: She sat down on the St. James’ Park grass in Newcastle after 28 seconds. Then Earps had just passed the ball on to a teammate completely undisturbed.

The Manchester United goalkeeper had his right hip treated for several minutes on the pitch. She got up with tears in her eyes and tried to play on, but it quickly became clear that it wasn’t going to work.

After eight minutes, Earps was replaced by Hannah Hampton. It happened in her 50th game for England.

In 2022, the cage keeper helped win the EC, and last year there was a narrow final loss for Spain in the WC.

Friday’s match was part of the qualification for next year’s EC finals in Switzerland. Beth Mead gave the English hosts the lead, but Élisa De Almeida ensured 1-1 at the break.

After switching sides, Marie-Antoinette Katoto became the French match winner. France stands with the full pot (nine points) after three rounds, while Sweden and England have four points.

Ireland is last with no points. The two best from the pool go directly to the European Championship play-offs in Switzerland next year, while the other two have to go into a play-off.

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