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England goalkeeper Earps and boss Wiegman win at FIFA awards


England boss Sarina Wiegman was named best women’s coach at The Best FIFA Awards 2023, while Lionesses star Mary Earps won the women’s goalkeeper award.

Wiegman took home the best women's coach for the second successive year and for a fourth time, having previously done so in 2017, 2020 and 2022.

The Dutchwoman took England to the World Cup final in Australia, where they were beaten by Spain, having also won Euro 2022 on home soil.

England's coach Sarina Wiegman accepts the Best Women's Coach award during the FIFA Football Awards 2023 at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Image:England boss Sarina Wiegman was named coach of the year

Chelsea head coach Emma Hayes was also on the shortlist along with Sweden's Peter Gerhardsson, Jonatan Giraldez (Barcelona) and Tony Gustavsson (Australia).

Seven of Wiegman's England squad made it into the FIFA FIFPRO Women's World XI - goalkeeper Earps, defenders Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood, and Keira Walsh, Alessia Russo, Lauren James and Ella Toone.

Barcelona defender Bronze said: "[The women's game] is in the best place it has ever been. We showed that after the World Cup, but really the sky is the limit for women's football.

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