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Although the Lionesses were able to come back and defeat the Netherlands at Wembley, Mary Earps expressed her remorse to her England teammates in an emotional manner.
The Lionesses’ captain, who has had an exceptional year for the national team, let a seemingly easy shot from Netherlands’ Lineth Beerensteyn slip past her, giving the visitors a two-goal advantage before half-time.
After halftime, the Lionesses made a strong comeback and secured a 3-2 victory with Ella Toone’s goal in stoppage time. However, England is aware that the Netherlands still holds control of the group as they head into their final Nations League game against Scotland on Tuesday.
Revised: To secure their spot in the Olympics, England had to defeat the Netherlands by a margin of two goals. However, they must now win against Scotland by at least three more goals than the Netherlands or rely on the Netherlands not defeating Belgium.
Earps was emotional following the game and took responsibility despite England ultimately winning at Wembley. “I was impressed by the girls’ ability to bounce back and get back in the game,” Earps shared with ITV. “They were truly remarkable.”
I deeply regret that my performance tonight has affected the team’s outcome. The memory of the second goal will stay with me for a while, and I am truly disappointed because it could have been a remarkable evening.
The team was incredible. The goals were exceptional. Their gameplay demonstrated impressive patience, tenacity, and intensity.
As a competitor, I must admit that when my performance falls short, I must take responsibility and apologize to my teammates and fans. I fully accept this with sincerity.
Manager Sarina Wiegman felt that an apology was not necessary and expressed, “I had a brief conversation with her and I don’t want her to speak in that manner.”
As a team, we share both our victories and defeats. This is an inherent aspect of the game. It is natural for anyone to feel disappointed when they feel they have let their team down, but we always give our best effort. The only time we truly let our team down is when we do not put in the necessary effort during the game, which is something we never do.
Everyone rose to the challenge. We had to come together as a team. I believe everyone fulfilled their role.