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Steph Houghton

City on Houghton:

England captain Steph Houghton joined the Blues on New Years Day 2014 in the hope of advancing an already illustrious career.

Houghton turned professional at local club Sunderland Ladies before signing for Leeds United Ladies in 2007. 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. In 2010, she also picked up a FA Women’s Cup winners medal with Leeds.

Although predominantly a left-sided defender, Houghton appeared in a variety of positions for the Lilywhites and her versatility attracted particular interest from Arsenal. She signed for the Gunners in August 2010, appearing 12 times and scoring twice during her time in North London. She then went on to lift the FA Women's Cup with the club as captain.

Houghton has represented her country at every level, totalling more than 60 appearances for England. Two serious injuries sabotaged her international career but in August 2012, she made a full recovery and became an integral part of her national team.

Representing Team GB at the Olympics, Houghton became a household name by scoring in all three group matches, including the winning goals against New Zealand and Brazil. 

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. The year was capped with a trophy lift as she skippered City to their first ever piece of silverware.

She then led the Three Lionesses to a World Cup bronze medal - the country's best performance in the competition since the men won it in 1966.

The centre-back signed a new contract with the Blues in May, extending her stay to the end of the 2017 season, before marshalling her side to Champions League qualification.

Latest tweets: @stephhoughton2

  • So excited for the @England game! Come on the boys! 🦁🦁🦁 #TogetherForEngland #Eng (3 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • 😘💙 anytime favs! Xx https://t.co/J6r5mFPc6S (6 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, remember bring your @MCWFC scarves ... Get your tickets 💙 https://t.co/UkrxJB6t03 (6 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Surreal day at Buckingham Palace, special moment receiving a MBE! A day I'll never forget! https://t.co/xkRoYMe3s2 (8 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Come on @England ⚽️⚽️⚽️ Looking forward to watching the boys play! 🦁🦁🦁 #TogetherForEngland (10 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @stephhoughton2

  • Can't wait to watch the Champions League Final at the San Siro with @stephen.darby #RealvAthletico ⚽️
  • Happy Birthday to my bestest @llang89 .. Have a lovely day! So proud of everything you have done with work, gym and now your new house! Thanks for always being there! ❤️ I love you! 
Ps Nice Goalie Top 😝
  • Lyon v Wolfsburg 
Women's Champions League Final ⚽️ #WhenInItaly
  • Proud to be a part of the @uwcl grassroots festival before the @uwcl final in Italy! ⚽️ #UEFA
  • Delighted to be an ambassador for the @psschoolscup finals! Enjoyed every minute, well done to all the schools that took part! #PlayStation ⚽️👏🏻
  • Oh hey there... Day off spent with my @stephen.darby 😍👀😎
  • Happy Birthday to my lovely Ells Bells @ellsbells89 have a beaut day! Can't wait to see you! 😘❤️ #BestFriends #Foundthispic 😂
  • Awesome morning on @socceram .. Great show and great crew! ⚽️😊 Thanks @ted_baker for the outfit ❤️#TedtoToe #TedBakerSS16
  • Soccer AM today 10am ... Tune in to watch me, @lucybronze #AdamRichman and #RayParlour 📺⚽️
  • Schwinggggg... ⛳️ #Rusty
  • Time to switch off! Getting a bit of practice in with Dad! ⛳️ #Golf #Swing #Home
  • Smile... 😃😃😃😃❤️❤️❤️❤️ #BrunchAndBeach #Home
  • Huge result for us last night! Huge 3 points! Thanks to all my family and friends for braving the cold! Nice to be home! 😃
  • Enjoyed being on @cbbcstudio Blue Peter to launch the new Sports Badge with @elliesimmonds + @kristom1 ... Always wanted a Blue Peter badge! 😝 #GetInspired
  • Gr8 night at the Etihad tonight! All to play for in Madrid! Come on City! ⚽️ @mcfcofficial #ChampionsLeague
  • Amazing weekend topped off with a belated birthday meal with @stephen.darby tonight at @tattumcr 😍❤️ xxx
  • Happy 4th Birthday to my little man Bobby! Looking forward to coming home soon.. ❤️ @neilhout @debrahout
  • A goal from @kazcarney and 3 points for @england ... Well done team! ⚽️ #Lionesses
  • Another little Houghton on its way... 😊😊😊
Can't wait to meet the little one! Bobby gonna be an amazing bro! Congrats @neilhout @debrahout 😍😍😍😍
  • 🌎💙
  • Looking forward to working with @uefacom as women's development ambassador! Thank you for all the messages! 😊 #UEFA #MCWFC #England
  • Great result from the girls today! Well done team! Great goals from @janeross10 @toniduggan .. Happy Easter @mcwfc fans! 💙
  • Loved my school visit yesterday and seeing #NSPCC in action. Proud to be supporting the fight for every childhood! 💪🏻
  • Tune into @btsport to watch Donny Belles v Chelsea... Teamed up with these legends ❤️
  • We always fight to the end! Yes @mcwfc 💙 #Together
  • Ultimate Derby Day spent with @stuhoughton92 .. Come on the boys! #SAFC #MCFC
  • Good Morning.... Into the next round of the #FACUP! 💙👏🏻
  • Not a bad place for our first #NTC training session yesterday.. 😉💪🏻 @nikelondon #Nike
  • Proud to wear @England’s fastest ever kit. See more in 3D and sign up to trial it yourself at St George’s Park in the @NikeFootball app: nike.com/footballapp #sparkbrilliance #nikefootball
  • Awesome @the1975 gig at Manchester #O2Apollo last night with @jbeattie91 #Sound #The1975 💃🏻
  • 9 days till the @fawsl season starts.. @mcwfc seasons cards on sale now! Hands up who has there's? 🙋🏼 #Together
  • 🌤💭 #Views
  • Beach Walk 🌤 #Views

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