A limited number of Mary Earps replica goalkeeper jerseys are finally available for purchase by English kit manufacturer Nike.
Earps said before the World Cup that it was “extremely disappointing and very hurtful” that the replica kits would not be available for purchase.
Calls for Nike to remedy the situation have been growing louder over the past week – including from former Sport Minister Tracey Crouch – after Earps saved a penalty for England in Sunday’s World Cup final against Spain and the Lionesses ended up drawing 1-0 – suffered defeat.
And the company has now acted, as a spokesman said on Thursday: “We have seen and share the unprecedented passion and interest in women’s football this year and will continue to make our contribution by providing athletes and fans with the very best products and services.” .”
“We have invested more in this year’s World Cup than in any other global tournament to date. Nike has secured limited quantities of goalkeeper kits for England (United States), France and the Netherlands to go on sale via the federations’ websites in the coming days, and we are also in talks with our other federation partners.
“We are aware that during the tournament we did not serve the fans who wanted to show their passion and support for the team’s goalkeepers. We aim to sell women’s goalkeeper jerseys for major tournaments in the future.”
Crouch welcomed the news and posted on I suspect a lot of fans of all ages and shapes will want one.”