The Lionesses were hit with a devastating defeat during their final Women’s World Cup match against Spain on Sunday but it appears the future could get a little brighter for one of the squad’s players.
Rising to international fame for their momentous efforts in Sydney, Australia this summer, the team – lead by coach Sarina Wiegman – enjoyed win after win and seemed frontrunners to lift the trophy on D-Day.
However, a formidable Spanish side ripped the rug from underneath them, but there was one player on the losing side who left a champion and bagged a golden gong of her own.
Goalkeeper extraordinaire Mary Earps, 30, was awarded the Golden Glove for her game-changing save during the tense encounter – and it seems there could be more accolades on the horizon for the woman of the moment.
According to the bookies, the girl in green will be following in the footsteps of retired Lioness Jill Scott, 36, who won I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here last year after surviving challenges in the Outback’s jungle.
Coral’s John Hill explained: ‘Jill Scott was a big hit in the jungle 12 months ago and we think Lioness heroine Mary Earps will be the next England player to shine on the show.
‘She was outstanding between the goal during the World Cup in Australia and she may be back down under later this year for I’m A Celeb where she is the early favourite to win the series.’
The bookmakers placed bets that the goalkeeper of the tournament had a 1/2 chance ‘to be a contestant and 3/1 favourite to win the show’.
They also threw another name into the hat and said that Lucy Bronze was ‘evens to be a contestant and 8/1 to win the show’.
Speculation surrounding Mary’s potential jungle entrance came after the rising star saved Jennifer Hermoso’s spotkick and was a standout performer for the Lionesses – despite them losing 1-0 to Spain at the 75,000-plus seat Stadium Australia in Sydney.
Following her heroics, England fans demanded that Nike start selling a replica of her goalkeeper shirt after they failed to do so ahead of the highly-anticipated tournament.
Metro.co.uk contacted Mary’s reps for comment.
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