29 July 2011

Unitt Tips Duggan To Shine

Toni Duggan puts Everton ahead against Chelsea.

Rachel Unitt has challenged Toni Duggan to become Everton Ladies’ next England star.

Duggan, 20, has been in sparkling form since the WSL resumed after the World Cup – scoring in the win against Chelsea and setting up the winner against Liverpool on Wednesday.

And Unitt, herself an established England international, believes Duggan could step up to the highest level if her form continues.

Next up for the Toffees is a huge home clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

“Toni is a great player,” Unitt told evertontv. “She works hard, we interchange positions which I like – I know if I get forward she is going to be in there covering. 

“Her work rate is phenomenal and she scored in the last game, hopefully she will score against Arsenal.”

The Gunners and Everton are both chasing early pacesetters Birmingham in the WSL table and neither side can afford to drop points at Marine FC on Sunday (2pm). Something has to give.

“It could be vital,” continued Unitt. “It’s a six pointer and to get a win would get us closer to the top with Birmingham to come as well. If we win the next two games it is going to be tight at the top.

“There is definitely some momentum building. Two wins going into the game gives us confidence.”

And as for Duggan’s international chances? Unitt believes the challenge is for the midfielder to maintain her form and force her way into the reckoning for the annual winter training camp in La Manga in January.

“She definitely has a chance,” said the left-back. “I think the La Manga training camp will be for a squad of 30 and if she keeps on performing as she is, I think she will be in that.”

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