Man City forward Toni Duggan is one of our favourite futbolitas because she’s got a great spirit around her.. and of course, because she just loves football! (forget that selfie incident with Louis van Gaal – United don’t even have a women’s team!)

In the latest Road To Canada video for the Women’s World Cup, the England national opened up about the hurdles she faced in her journey from a young girl in Liverpool to international football star. Even coming from such a great footballing city, Duggan didnt have the easiest path to the professional game facing prejudice and stereotyping from a young age.

When I was a little girl, peoples Dads would be shouting and would be upset if I took on their son. As I got older the opponents did respect me but, when they turned up on a Saturday morning and theres just one girl playing against a group of lads, it was a shock for them.” – Duggan

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Duggan, 23, also admitted that she signed for Man City to be part of a professional set-up, where everyone believed in the future of women’s football.

When I signed for Manchester City, their main aim as a football club was to change the perception of womens football. For us being around the Academy, being around the mens team, if we turn up one day and we dont look as professional or as good as them, its noticeable straight away.”
Every single day were challenged, so in a way it makes us become better as people and better as
professionals. Were always fighting against the perception but its slowly changing. It will change, I
believe that, but we need to keep working hard at it.” – Toni Duggan