BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2023: Voting open with winner announced on 28 November

24 October 2023 0 By Total Football News

In 2019 the closest Earps could come to a Lionesses place was sitting on the bench as England's third-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup.

Now, however, she's become a name synonymous with the Lionesses' success and has cemented her spot as one of the game's greatest goalkeepers.

After being handed her Lionesses chance by manager Sarina Wiegman she helped guide them to last year's Euro 2022 victory and was ever-present as her side reached the World Cup final this time round, saving a penalty in the defeat by Spain.

The last season was another important chapter in Earps' career and her shot-stopping abilities helped Manchester United finish second in the Women's Super League and a spot in the FA Cup final.

A stellar 2022-23 resulted in her being named Fifa Best women's goalkeeper and England women's player of the year, receiving the WSL and Fifa golden gloves, and being selected in the PFA's WSL team of the year.

BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2023: Sam Kerr profile

Age: 30 Country: Australia

Club: Chelsea Position: Forward

Sam Kerr once again provided the firepower as Chelsea's maintained their dominance of English women's football.

She scored 29 goals in 38 games in all competitions as she continued her knack for finding the net at crucial times to help her side win another Women's Super League and FA Cup double.

The Australian was the deciding factor as the Blues beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final, her goal the only difference in that match and and she has now scored in the past three FA Cup finals.

However, her World Cup didn't quite go to plan. She was billed as the face of the tournament, but had to watch from the sidelines until the quarter-finals because of injury.

She still managed to make her mark in the semi-finals with a stunning equaliser against England, and, although it wasn't enough to prevent her country's exit, it earned Kerr a Puskas award nomination - an award which recognises the best finish in world football.

Other awards which came her way this year included being named the Football Writers' Association Women's footballer of the year for the second year running, being among the Professional Footballers' Association's team of the season, and being nominated for the Fifa Best awards.

Read Sam Kerr's full profile

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