Lionesses Leah Williamson, Mary Earps join Gary Lineker at GQ awards

Lionesses trio Leah Williamson, Mary Earps and Chloe Kelly join Gary Lineker, Ian Wright and Alex Scott at glamorous GQ Men of the Year Awards

  • Mary Earps, Gary Lineker, and Paul Mullin were among those honoured at event 
  • Football stars were joined by notables from the worlds of cricket and rugby 
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Lionesses captain Leah Williamson and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin were among the stars from the sporting world turned out in their number to celebrate GQ’s Men of the Year Awards in London on Wednesday evening. 

The Arsenal star is currently working herself back to fitness after rupturing her ACL in April, but joined up with her international team-mates at the glamorous event which saw a number of her peers honoured by the Conde Nast publication. 

Williamson posed alongside Manchester City’s Chloe Kelly and Manchester United’s Mary Earps – who was honoured at the awards – as well as linking up with former England international, pundit Alex Scott. 

The trio were joined by male footballers not taking part in international duty, including Calvert-Lewin and another honouree Wrexham striker Paul Mullin. 

Last season’s FA Cup top scorer was put on standby by Wales manager Rob Page during the previous international break, but Mullin is yet to receive a full call-up following his heroics with the Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney-owned side. 

Lionesses Mary Earps (left), Leah Williamson (centre-left) and Chloe Kelly (right) linked up with BBC pundit Alex Scott at GQ’s Men of the Year Awards

An array of sporting talent made the trip to London’s Royal Opera House including Wrexham’s Paul Mullin (left) and Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Manchester City player Kelly posed inside the historic location with Match of the Day presenters Gary Lineker (left) and Ian Wright

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Instead, Mullin could take in the glittering event alongside his wife Mollie, with the pair posing up a storm on the red carpet ahead of the festivities at the Royal Opera House. 

Gary Lineker, who was honoured by the publication at the night’s awards, and Ian Wright were also in attendance, as were representatives from the worlds of cricket, athletics, and boxing in the form of Stuart Broad, honouree Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Joe Joyce. 

Fresh from England’s Rugby World Cup semi-final heartbreak in Paris, Saracens lock Maro Itoje sported a chic grey sweater paired with a matching cape, but saw his fashion-forward outfit somewhat upstaged by Olympic diver Tom Daley. 

The Tokyo gold medal-winner creatively paired his Dior suit and pink sweater with leopard-print loafers by the French fashion house, and matching pink socks. 

British heavyweight Joe Joyce posed on the red carpet before going into the storied event

A month on from being named England’s Player of the Year, Earps sported a green rose-printed gown as an honouree at the awards

Kelly and Arsenal star Williamson both opted for high-necked black lace embellished dresses 

Lineker cut a conservative figure in a grey double-breasted suit, whilst honouree Katarina Johnson-Thompson plumped for a sheer midi dress

But one notable face from the world of football who opted not to make the journey was Jenni Hermoso, honoured this year by the international magazine franchise for her role in Spain’s women’s World Cup victory and subsequent handling of the ensuing ‘kiss-gate’ scandal. 

Hermoso was forcibly kissed by then-Spanish FA (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales, and despite the federation at first denying that the kiss was unconsensual, the No 10 later spoke up and sparked a chain of events that saw Rubiales suspended by FIFA and pressured into resigning his position with RFEF.

Rubiales was later banned from football-related activity for three years by world football’s governing body.

Striker Mullin, who was honoured at this year’s awards, attended with his wife Mollie O’Brien

England rugby star Maro Itoje was also in attendance, alongside former cricketer Stuart Broad

Olympian Tom Daley matched his socks – tucked into leopard-print loafers – to his Dior sweater

Speaking to GQ last month, Hermoso claimed the chain of events had made her briefly ‘forget’ she was a footballer but draw upon an inner well of resilience to move beyond the incident. 

‘For a while I forgot I was a footballer,’ Hermoso shared. ‘But you go back to a training session, to the pitch, wearing your kit, and you try to give the best version of yourself again.

‘Being a Taurus makes me see that I have to fight, but also to protect myself. If I want something, I go after it no matter how many times I fail and knock myself against the wall.

‘It has helped me to achieve everything I have set out to achieve in the world of football.’


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