55: Toni Duggan

Duggan says she has improved since leaving Manchester City for Barcelona, and her form has been consistently good throughout the year. She played a big role as Barça won the Spanish Cup last season but, perhaps invigorated by Phil Neville naming her as England captain for a recent friendly, her best performances seem to have been saved for the latter stages of 2018. A last-minute winner against Atlético was a particular highlight. Back in March, she scored the first goal of Neville’s tenure.

Fran Sanchez Bas, FC Barcelona manager:

“A player who is at ease inside the penalty area. She has a good shot and she helps the team a lot with her hard work off the ball against the opposition.”

Phil Neville, England head coach:

“I decided to give Toni the captain’s armband against Austria in our penultimate fixture of 2018 and she stepped up to the challenge admirably. She’s an experienced player with great knowledge of the game, but she’s also developing into a real leader. A tireless worker with a lot of talent, Toni is one of the most important and popular members of my team.”

 

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