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England goalkeeper Mary Earps says it’s “hurtful” that followers can’t purchase a reproduction of her goalkeeper shirt.
The 30-year-old was named the world’s prime goalkeeper finally 12 months’s Fifa Finest awards following the Lionesses’ win within the European Championship that summer time.
England’s package for this summer time’s World Cup is manufactured by Nike.
“Millie [Bright] mentioned ‘my niece is determined to get your shirt, the place can I get it?’ and I used to be like, ‘you’ll be able to’t’,” Earps mentioned.
“All my team-mates have ordered numerous shirts for his or her family and friends.
“They have been speaking about it on the dinner desk, saying ‘oh I wasn’t capable of get this’. And I am considering, ‘I am unable to get it in any respect’.
“There are lots of people who’ve spent an incredible sum of money on outfield shirts after which put a primary and ‘Earps’ on the again, which does not sit effectively with me both.”
Replicas of Earps’ package with Manchester United, who she performs for within the Ladies’s Tremendous League, bought out final season.
It has been reported that producing new ladies’s goalkeeper kits for the general public is not part of Nike’s commercial strategy.
The England house and away shirts are that can be purchased in males’s, ladies’s and kids’s sizes and retail at £79.95 for an adults and £59.95 for youths.
A duplicate of the boys’s England goalkeeper shirt will not be out there on the England Retailer however is out there with different shops.
Earps says she was not instructed her package wouldn’t be out there to the general public and solely discovered when the outfield package went on sale.
“For my family and associates and family members not to have the ability to purchase my shirt, I do know that feels like ‘oh Mary, what a horrible drawback’, however on a private stage that’s actually exhausting,” Earps added.
“I’ve been attempting to undergo the proper channels as a lot as doable, which is why I’ve not spoken on it publicly.
“On a private stage, it’s massively hurtful. There was an unbelievable rise in goalkeeping participation.”
Earps began each recreation because the Lionesses gained Euro 2022 and have become the primary goalkeeper to maintain 50 clear sheets within the Ladies’s Tremendous League earlier this 12 months.
She mentioned she had spoken to her team-mates concerning the challenge and that they have been additionally upset by the scenario.
“I am unable to actually sugar-coat this in any means, so I’m not going to attempt. It’s massively disappointing and really hurtful,” she added.
Ex-Manchester Metropolis stopper Karen Bardsley, who was capped 81 instances by England, mentioned she believes the issue is a part of a wider challenge about goalkeepers being “undervalued”.
“It has been a standard theme for so long as I can bear in mind,” she instructed BBC Sport.
“There are solely only a few moments the place my shirt was out there in very particular outlets and possibly one or two instances the place it was out there on-line, however very fleeting.
“It speaks of a much bigger image across the place and the way effectively it is valued within the recreation itself – I believe it’s massively undervalued.”
BBC Sport has contacted Nike for remark. The Soccer Affiliation declined to remark.