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Mary Earps has already set Manchester City rival clear England challenge after latest snub

As England celebrated their 5-1 dispatch of Italy on Tuesday night, Khiara Keating could perhaps be forgiven for feeling like the odd one out.

The Manchester City goalkeeper has been in fine domestic form of late - so much so she has been nominated for February's Women's Super League (WSL) Player of the Month award - however she remained an unused substitute in both of the Lionesses' two international friendlies. As such, she was the only player in Sarina Wiegman's squad not to have been afforded minutes as the England boss sought to assess her options ahead of April's EURO 2025 qualifiers.

Instead, it was Chelsea's Hannah Hampton who was given a starting berth against Austria on Friday, with the 23-year-old having established herself as an integral part of Emma Hayes' side since joining from Aston Villa last summer. "This is an opportunity for Hannah to show herself," Wiegman told ITV Sport ahead of the clash.

"She has done well at Chelsea. We know Mary is our No.1 goalkeeper but we need to have an option when something is happening with Mary, (to know) Hannah is ready to go. I think she can show that tonight."

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Though Hampton failed to keep a clean sheet in the Lionesses' 7-2 win in Algeciras, she largely impressed between the sticks, commanding her area well and picking out some eye-catching passes. And so, with the Chelsea shot-stopper having passed her England audition, it was widely expected Keating might get her own moment in the spotlight on Tuesday night.

No such luck, though, for the 19-year-old, who instead watched on as Earps was restored to the

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