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UEFA Women’s Euro 2025 Qualifiers: Mary Earps Stretched Out As England Falter To France

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

European champions, England suffered a 2-1 loss to group leaders France in their third group game of the 2025 UEFA Women’s Euro 2025 qualifiers at St James Park on Friday.

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Sarina Wiegmann’s side lost the match despite going ahead through Beth Mead when she was teed up by Lauren Hemp in the first half but the major setback and talk point of the encounter was Manchester United goalkeeper, Mary Earps who was forced off injured minutes into her 50th appearance for the Lionesses.

She was replaced by Chelsea goalie, Hannah Hampton, who stepped up to deliver a strong performance, diving to her left in the first half to deny a goal-bound header from Maelle Lakrar.

Hampton could do very little to keep out De Almeida’s volley which spun over her head, before Katoto’s perfectly-timed effort crept inside the far corner.

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Earps was on clutches at full time and manager Sarina Wiegman told BBC Radio 5 Live that she "really didn't know" the extent of the hip injury and whether she would be available for Tuesday's game in Saint-Etienne.

Sweden's 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland ensured that the Lionesses occupy the third position in League A Group 3 with four points.

France topped the log with a maximum of nine points after three games ahead of Sweden and Enland which both has four points while the Republic of Ireland are yet to register any point.

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Republic of Ireland lost their third consecutive Euro 2025 qualifier as they fell 3-0 to Sweden at the Aviva Stadium.

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In front of a crowd of over 22,000, Eileen Gleeson's side made a promising start as Lily Agg trickled a shot wide on 20 minutes.

However, they were caught out just before the half-hour mark by rapid Swedish movement and Johanna Kaneryd finished superbly.

In the second half, the hosts continued to battle but were picked off again on the hour mark as Barcelona superstar Fridolina Rolfo finished nicely after controlling Filippa Angeldal's cross to the back post.

With Eileen Gleeson throwing on attackers in an attempt to rescue the game, this left her side vulnerable at the back and Kaneryd grabbed her second and her side's third with just over five to go.

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