© Copyright Stephanie Houghton 2020. She was initially deployed in midfield and across the backline before finding her true calling at the heart of the defence. Despite Houghton's love for the Red and Whites, their relegation from the Women's Premier League saw her move to Leeds United Ladies. Website designed and developed by Fantastic Media. She clearly showed with past experience she can handle the media spotlight, the pressure on her and live up to expectation. ", Broadcast on BBC One in the North East and Cumbria and North West on Friday, 5 June at 19:30 BST, shown nationwide on BBC Two Monday, 8 June at 23:20 BST, The 27-year-old exploded onto the national scene when her winning goal under the Wembley floodlights earned. Like other women’s football icons such as U.S. stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, Houghton uses her status to promote women’s football in the UK and feminine issues related to football. @StanwayGeorgia @ManCityWomen @ManCity What happens on Wednesdays? [9], Houghton was involved with England at U16 schools, U19, U20, U21 and U23 level. The transfer was a successful one for the Durham-born left-back who was named the 2008 FA Women’s Young Player of the Year.

But it was only recently that she discovered  she was about to face her toughest opponent yet – and this time, it was really about to become a matter of life and death. "She's so versatile, she came to us as a midfielder, but played up front and when we first went away with England she ended up at centre-half. A rock for City throughout the 2014 season, she was awarded the captain's armband for her country and went on to become the first female to appear on the front cover of Shoot Magazine. That was really good, it's something we'll always be proud of. It was there that she was to come across Mick Mulhern, then manager of the Lady Black Cats. "Steph's been a real catch for us. For all her activities, Houghton was recently named as North East Football Writers’ Association’s Personality of the Year, in association with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. My all-time hero for Sunderland was Kevin Phillips, he was the one I looked up to.". "I won't say we'll definitely win the World Cup but we've got experience and have been to a quarter-final, and we have girls who have never tasted a World Cup.". Steph Houghton: "It was the launch of the Super League and unfortunately Leeds weren't going to be a part of that. in 2014. All rights reserved. [citation needed] She was an unused substitute in the 5–1 defeat in Aalen. ", "When she was made captain of England it was the best. Steph had to be someone who could handle the responsibility. [16], For the 2015 World Cup in Canada, Houghton was again named England's team captain. [32] They married on 21 June 2018. Houghton made her England debut against Russia in March 2007. Houghton was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to football. I’m so proud to come from the North East! I was pulled aside and asked if I wanted to be captain, and I couldn't stop smiling, I said: 'Of course'. Houghton has represented her country at every level, totalling more than 100 appearances for England. There was no better feeling than lifting that Continental Cup.

[10] She made her debut in the next match, replacing Emily Westwood after 73 minutes of a 6–0 win over Russia in Milton Keynes on 8 March 2007. This elevated status spoke volumes not just of Houghton's defensive nous but also of her inner steel, for she missed out on a place at the 2007 World Cup and 2009 Euros after getting injured on the eve of each tournament. Houghton reflects on her career, France 2019 and that fateful penalty against USA Like the rest of us, Steph Houghton has spent the past couple of months with a football-shaped void in her life. The North East is hugely represented in the @England team and I hope it helps inspire more young girls and boys to chase their dreams. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.”. [11] Her first start came three days later, in a 1–0 win over Scotland at Adams Park. Actually, her playing position is centre-back. Manchester City Women made the step of turning fully professional in 2014 on the back of the Women's Super League - and subsequently set about the same dominance their men's side had enjoyed in the transfer market and the league itself.

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