England women must win trophies before fighting for equal pay - Duggan

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Published on April 19, 2019 - Duration: 00:46s

England women must win trophies before fighting for equal pay - Duggan

England women's forward Toni Duggan says her nation must match the achievements of three-times world champions the United States and "put trophies on the table" before they also ask for equal conditions as the men's team.

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England women must win trophies before fighting for equal pay - Duggan

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (APRIL 18, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FC BARCELONA FORWARD, TONI DUGGAN, SAYING: "Yeah, it was amazing obviously to play in front of 60,000 people, I think that is the most I have played in front of in my career, I have played in big games, at Wembley, I have played in world cup semi finals, but this one was, I think the atmosphere that was created and, you know, we needed to win the game so it was super important." 2.

DUGGAN TRAINING 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FC BARCELONA FORWARD, TONI DUGGAN, SAYING: "I think first and foremost as England and Spain we need to be more successful, you look at the women's USA team and they're a lot more more successful than the men's and that's their argument, so I cant really sit here and say we're gonna get to that stage until we need to be putting trophies on the table, and maybe that time will come one day I hope for fair play to the women's team in America because it's what they deserve." STORY: England women's forward Toni Duggan says her nation must match the achievements of three-times world champions the United States and "put trophies on the table" before they also ask for equal conditions as the men's team.

All 28 members of the U.S. 2015 World Cup winning squad have filed a lawsuit against their national federation, complaining about wages and working conditions compared to the men's side, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

"You look at the women's USA team and they're a lot more more successful than the men's and that's their argument, so I can't really sit here and say we're gonna get to that stage until we need to be putting trophies on the table," Duggan told Reuters in an interview at Barcelona's training ground.

Duggan was part of the England side which reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2015 and the last four of the 2017 European Championships.

After the Lionesses piped the U.S. to win the four-nation SheBelieves Cup in March, she challenged the team to take the next step and go all the way in this year's World Cup in France.

She is also confident her side will be able to continue the feel-good factor Gareth Southgate's men's side provided back home with their run to the last four in Russia, which she said began with the women's excellent 2015 World Cup campaign.

Before the World Cup, Duggan can look forward to a thrilling end to the season with Barcelona, who are involved in a close-run title-tilt with Atletico Madrid and meet Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

Duggan has already made history with Barca, scoring in a 2-0 win at title rivals Atletico in front of 60,739 people at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium which smashed the world attendance record for a women's game.

More than 20,000 people watched last week's derby between Real Betis and Sevilla, while 48,000 went to Athletic Bilbao's San Mames to see their women's side take on Atletico Madrid in January.

"Yeah, it was amazing obviously to play in front of 60,000 people, I think that is the most I have played in front of in my career," said Duggan.

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