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Ella Tooning up for Scotland after another crucial goal
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Adam Drury
Ella Toone has scored big goals for England
Ella Toone has scored big goals for England

Ella Toone sent Wembley into delight last Friday with a dramatic winner for the Lionesses against the Netherlands.

The stoppage-time goal kept England's Nations League and Olympics dreams alive and was the latest crucial intervention by Toone.

Manchester United's midfield maestro has established herself as the woman for the big occasion.

Ahead of tonight's crunch match with Scotland, we analyse her impact for the national team.

Crucial goals

Toone's list of crucial England goals is surely the envy of all of her team-mates.

The playmaker, 24, scored twice in the Lionesses' triumphant Euro 2022 campaign, including the opener in the final against Germany — but that was only the start.

Toone also scored first in the World Cup semi-final against Australia during the summer, with the Lionesses going on to win 3-1.

And her last-gasp strike in a 3-2 win over the Netherlands was yet another example of how she has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Rise to the occasion

Toone revealed after the game with the Dutch how much she relishes the big occasions.

Two of her most important goals — against Germany and the Netherlands — have come at Wembley and she acknowledged that playing at the national stadium gets her going.

Toone said: "I wish we could play here every time, I love it here.

"It was really special to get on the scoresheet at Wembley but the main thing was that we won.

"The crowd was really loud. It was amazing."

Stylistic fit

Toone can play in a number of different attacking midfield roles, which suits the way Sarina Wiegman sets up her side.

The England boss fielded a team without a recognised No9 against the Dutch, with Lauren Hemp — usually deployed in a deeper role at Manchester City — leading the line.

With Hemp, Lauren James and Chloe Kelly all capable of playing anywhere across the attacking positions, there is plenty of competition for places.

But that fluidity is also bound to get the best out of Toone, who can pop up in goalscoring areas from deeper positions.

Date with destiny

This evening's visit to Hampden Park presents Toone with another opportunity to drag her side through a big match.

Left on the bench last week, she will be hoping to make an impact from the start this time.

The Olympics is one competition she has yet to influence and Wiegman should rely on one of her most trusted players to ensure Team GB seal their spot in Paris.

If history is anything to go by, Toone will grasp that responsibility with both hands.

The United ace said: The game [against Scotland] is massive but every game we play in is huge, we've got the targets on our back.

"We love playing for England and we'll go out fighting to get the win."


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