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Steph Houghton

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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

  • Delighted to be nominated for @NickelodeonUK Kids Choice Awards #KCA Vote using #VoteStephSportUK 😊📺⚽️ (1 day ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Can't wait... 💙💗 best news ever! Love you both.. #AuntyStephyUncleDarbs xx (2 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Happy Birthday to the most amazing Mam! What an amazing woman! #TheBest! I Love You ❤️ xx (3 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Happy Birthday to our midfield maestro @JillScott12 .. Have a lovely day! 😘 xx (3 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Best weekend and surprise having these amazing people in Manchester! Couldn't be happier! Thank… (5 days ago, via Instagram)

Instagram: @stephhoughton2

  • Happy Birthday to the most amazing Mam! What a woman! #TheBest
I love you!❤️ xxx @houghtonamanda
  • Best weekend and surprise having these amazing people in Manchester! Couldn't be happier! Thank You!  #SurroundYourselfWithTheBest ❤️😘 @stephen.darby @emmaconway1 @llang89 @conny_86 @beefybananas
  • Happy Birthday to the most amazing Dad! What a Man! #TheBest ❤️ I Love You! Xx #51 #Lenny
  • First day of Pre Season at @mcwfc today! Great to be back with the girls!
Looking forward to the season already! 👍🏻 #MCWFC #MCFC
  • Cute little lunch date and catch up with @ladyv43 and the main man Harvey at @gustodidsbury 😍 can I keep him?! ❤️
  • Wishing you all a Happy New Year! 😘❤️ Lovely night with these amazing people! Love you @stephen.darby Amy and Rach!
  • Surprised, delighted, honoured and humbled to receive a MBE in the NYE honours list! 
Huge thanks to my teammates, staff at @mcwfc @england and to my amazing family + friends who have been there every step of the way! ❤️ #CelebrationTime
  • Merry Christmas to all my family, friends and followers! Have an amazing day! Love you all! 😘🎄❤️
  • To Infinity and Beyonnnnndddd.... Christmas came early for the bro #ChildhoodHeroes 😂😂😂 xxx @stuhoughton92
  • Too much love 😘❤️😍 @stephen.darby
  • At @bbcsport SPOTY in Belfast with the team! Do one thing and #VoteLucy @lucybronze 👊🏻
  • My Faves supporting the one and only @emmaconway1 ❤️
  • Sunday Chills with @stuhoughton92 #Perfection 😊
  • #Repost @becomingateenuk with @repostapp.
@mcfcofficial and @england_wnt footballer @stephhoughton2 discusses self-confidence, emotions and #becomingateen in the latest instalment of the Let's Talk 2015 series. Head over to our YouTube channel now!
  • Received our World Cup Caps on Friday at the #FAAwards 😊👀 @england @eniinstagram @jillscott12 @lucybronze @chapman_17 #SpecialMoment
  • What a day! Thank you for letting me be a part of it @sio_chamberlain @leigh_moore .. So happy for you both! Both beautiful! 😍
  • We did it! What a year for @england #Lionesses .. Privileged and humbled to win the #BTActionWomenAward tonight. Well done team! Thanks so much! ❤️
  • Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary to @ellsbells89 and Callum! What an amazing day this was for so many reasons! 😍 #Wedding #Chief .. Love you both! xx
  • Loved the German Christmas Markets this morning with @jillscott12 @ellsbells89 @carlytelford1 @izzychristiansen @toniduggan ... Now back to England! #RecoveryDay 😊
  • Delighted to win #BBC North East Sports Personality of the Year. Huge thank you to my teammates, @mcwfc @england and most importantly my family! This ones for you! ❤️
  • Good Luck to this one tonight!! Come on the boy @stephen.darby 😍😘 #HowsYourFrown XX
  • Little recovery session today using @tp_therapy #TriggerPoint now off to SGP with @england 💪🏻
  • With @izzychristiansen @toure_yaya_42 and #Clichy for the launch of #CityzensGiving new initiative! 
More info:
  • Upper Body and Core session with the help of @trx_uk 
#TRK4Football #TRK4Pink 💪🏻
  • Lovely to meet #TomKerridge tonight! Be down in London to visit soon #MichelinStarRestaurant #TopMan 😊
  • Happy Birthday to my bessie @sophiewalton14 .. 😘 so nice to spend some time with you and @jakecassidy9 #ThanksForLateLunchJake
  • Red Carpet at the @skysports #SWOTY awards! Amazing year for women's sports and glad we played a huge part in that! Congratulations to all the winners! #Inspired
  • Family before everything! 😀❤️
  • 😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝 little worldies! 🌎❤️ xxx
  • Huge Congratulations to @jillscott12 on reaching 100 England caps! A fantastic team mate and person! So happy for you! 👏🏻⚽️
  • ... @yearsandyears unbelievable at #AlbertHallManchester tonight! 🙌🏻 what a gig! 🎵😍
Thank you @stephen.darby xx
  • Happy 27th Birthday to my man @stephen.darby xxx 😍🎉😘❤️🎁🐒
  • Tune in to #QuestionOfSport tonight on BBC1 at 7.30.. Absolutely loved being on the show with these legends!

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