Duggan's Eyes On The Prize
Ladies star confident of successful Euro Championship campaign.
Everton and England Ladies star Toni Duggan will be aiming for European Championship glory when the tournament gets underway in Sweden next month.
The striker was one of three Blues players named in Hope Powell’s squad for the competition, with Rachel Brown-Finnis and Jill Scott also receiving call-ups.
With 12 goals, Duggan has been one of the star performers in the WSL so far this season and is now hoping to replicate her form on the international stage.
The 21-year-old told evertontv: “I’m made up and I’m delighted. I’ve waited for that phone call to come for so long and it came on Friday while I was on holiday at the time.
“I was just on the balcony and I got this call and I thought I better answer it just in case. It was Hope on the other end and she just congratulated me for being picked.
“Straight away I just wanted to put my phone down and call my mum with the good news.”
Duggan may be one of the least experienced members of the 23-strong group but despite having just five caps to her name she already feels ingrained in the Lionesses set-up.
“From day one when I went into training with the squad I felt a part of it, that’s just the way it is.
“You know people from playing against them or because you grew up with them or you came through the system with them. It is quite easy to fit in, but it’s a case of getting selected for each trip and that’s a difficult process.
“Since I’ve gone in and made my debut I haven’t looked back and I’ve made all the squads, that’s something I’m really proud of.”
Four years ago England progressed to the final of the tournament before losing 6-2 to giants Germany.
If the team are to repeat that feat this time around they will have to do it the hard way, with Spain, France and Russia all awaiting in the group stage.
“They are all going to pose different threats," said Duggan. "We’ve just got to look from within and if we get our game right I’m confident we can go out there and perform to the best of our ability, and hopefully we can have some success with that.
“There’s no reason why we can’t. We got to the final in 2009 and I’d say the squad is stronger this time.
“We have just got to believe in ourselves and hopefully we can come back with that gold.”