Hina Sugita (JPN)

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Hina Sugita (JPN)

A technically gifted midfielder, Hina Sugita has an imperious record at youth level for Japan. She’s taken home the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award at 3 major youth championships - the 2013 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship, the 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup. Indeed, Sugita captained her nation to their first ever U-17 Women’s World Cup title in 2014, and heads into this summer looking to inspire the senior side to go one better than their 2nd place finish in 2015.

Illustration by Tom Griffiths