Ex-Everton and Manchester City star Toni Duggan believes the Toffees “have the momentum” heading into Sunday’s 2020 FA Cup final meeting between her two former clubs at Wembley.
In an exclusive evertontv interview, England attacker Duggan – who now plys her trade for Spanish giants Atletico Madrid – also discusses her memories of performing in the Blues’ dramatic 2010 FA Cup final triumph over Arsenal as a teenager and why she is thrilled to see the Club competing on the big stage again.
Centre of Excellence graduate Duggan reveals how Everton helped to shape her as a player and a person, and outlines range of qualities “brilliant” former Toffees and City teammate Izzy Christiansen brings to the Blues.
Watch Duggan’s evertontv interview by clicking on the video above or here.
Everton beat WSL champions 2-1 Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final before booking their spot in Sunday's Wembley showpiece with a comprehensive 3-0 semi-final victory over Birmingham City.
Willie Kirk’s side have also won four and drawn one of their opening five league matches and sit second in the table, just two points behind leaders Arsenal.
“The momentum at the moment is with Everton and they need to believe in themselves, just like they did against Chelsea,” Duggan said.
“They were the underdogs in that game and it obviously didn’t faze them. Those type of results breed confidence.
“And if they look at what we did in 2010, hopefully that can give them some motivation.”
Duggan added: “Willie Kirk has come in and, over the past two years, he’s changed a lot of things at the Club.
"The Club has also put a lot of effort into the women’s team – the girls train at USM Finch Farm and have their own stadium.
“I just hope they can keep progressing.
“Everton have always been at the top of the women’s game – and that’s where they should be.
“I’m so happy to see to the progress Everton have made, because I’m still a fan of the Club. I owe Everton a lot for the opportunities they gave me when I was younger.”
Listen to an in-depth interview with Toni Duggan below, as she discusses the celebrations that followed the Blues' dramatic 2010 FA Cup final win, the intense media exposure of the women's game in Spain, and her confidence Everton can compete for a Champions League place...