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Steph Houghton

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England international 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 50 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.

She also led the Three Lionesses to World Cup qualification, following a superb group stage campaign and her year was capped with a trophy lift as she skippered City to their first ever piece of silverware.

The centre-back signed a new contract with the Blues in May, extending her stay to the end of the 2017 season.

Latest tweets: @stephhoughton2

  • No matter what you will see the same character, determination, passion + pride wearing the @england shirt on Saturday v Germany! #Lionesses (1 day ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • We believed and we gave it everything! Never been so proud of my @england team mates + staff! #Lionesses (1 day ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • England v Japan KO @ 12AM GMT watch live on BBC1! Come on Girls! #Lionesses (2 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • What dreams are made of! Thank you for the amazing support back home! Next stop Edmonton! @england #23 #Passion (5 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • It happened .... @england are in the @FIFAWWC semi final! So proud of this team! What a feeling! #Lionesses (5 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @stephhoughton2

  • It happened.. @england are in the Semi Final of a World Cup! So proud of the team! What a feeling! #Lionesses 
Thanks for all the support back home! 😘
  • Never been so proud of someone! Congratulations to my amazing bro for graduating and being awarded with Trainee Teacher of the Year! What an amazing man your becoming @stuhoughton92 .. missing you and love you! ❤️
  • Great few days in #Ottawa with @stephen.darby 😘❤️ gonna miss my coffee buddy but big season ahead! #Smiling
  • History made.. Now to go and make some more memories like this! Buzzing to score and for @lucybronze to get the winner! 😊 So so proud of my @england teammates #Character #Passion
  • Happy Fathers Day to our ultimate hero.... ❤️ everything we do its to make you proud! Thanks for being our best supporter! 🌍 Me and @stuhoughton92 love you! Xx
  • #Repost @davidbeckham with @repostapp.
What an amazing gift from the @england woman's team for Harper ... Good luck to the team tomorrow in their first game against France .. #lionesses #pride #england
  • Love this @davidbeckham #Lionesses 
Harper Seven taking lessons from her brothers (oh and her dad ) ❤️
  • Worked with the #BBC over the last few months on a documentary including me, my family @mcwfc and @england ..
Tune into BBC1 NE and NW tonight 7.30PM or Sky Channel 958 if your not in the region! 
Repeated BBC2 11.20PM Monday! ⚽️😊
  • Finally it happened...Can't wait to play #Fifa16 #EASportsFifa ⚽️
#Fifa16 includes me and my @england teammates for the 1st time! Can't wait to play! #EASports
  • Delighted to extend my stay with this fantastic football club! Amazing staff, teammates and fans! 
Huge thanks to @mbuck6 and my family for the continued support! 💙 @mcwfc #MCFC #MCWFC
  • And we're off.... Next stop Canada! Thanks for all the messages! Let's Go @England #Lionesses #FifaWorldCup 🌎🏆
  • Good luck present from @stephen.darby ... Now I can take my favourite people with me wherever I go! #WashBag #WorldCup🌎🏆
  • Proud moment to present the future King with a @england shirt for the new Princess! Such a special day to share with all my teammates! World Cup is coming and we have a new supporter! #PrinceWilliam #Lionesses
  • What a feeling! Proud moment to be part of this squad for the World Cup! Exciting times, honoured to lead this group to Canada! #ANewPride #England @england
  • Happy Birthday to @ellsbells89 one of my closest friends! Have an Amazing day! Looking forward to catching up! 😘❤️ Lots of Love xxxx
  • Happy 40th Birthday to my all time hero! 😍#LegendBecks #DB40 #GettingBetterWithAge 
#Repost @davidbeckham
  • All in a day's work.. From where it all started to now.. PrimaryQAndA #EnglandPhotoShoot #FAYouthCup
  • #Repost @kjoey08 
Thanks to my caddy @stephhoughton2 for today 😃😎☀️⛳️ no probs... don't forget @jillscott12 😊
  • Well @jamesbaymusic was unbelievable last night in Sheffield! @stephen.darby #JamesBay 😍
  • And it's 1/4 Final of the FA Cup weekend... Which game are you off to watch?! Looking forward to our game at home v Birmingham, 1.30 Kick Off! #RoadToWembley
  • Bobby saving the world with his sidekicks 😂👊 #DontMess ❤️😘 @neilhout
  • With the new season starting this week... Follow me on Twitter, Like my Facebook Page and also check my posts on Instagram for all the latest news .. 😊👊⚽️
  • Delighted to be @mcwfc digital ambassador! Looking forward to the new @fawsl season already! ⚽️
  • Happy Mam's Day Mam! You are amazing!  @houghtonamanda ... Love You! Xx 😍❤️
  • Supporting #RedNoseDay and #ComicRelief in training today! @ladyv43 #ShowYourSupport @mcwfc
  • Happy Birthday to my amazing cousin! 
Hope you had a lovely day! Love you! ❤️
  • Wishing this one the best of luck today! 1/4 finals of the #FACup! @stephen.darby #HawayBradford 😘
  • Monday Chills ... @Spotify Acoustic and Analysing ⚽️😎🎵📝
  • Trip to London for the @fawsl PhotoShoot... Not sure about the #Tekkers! @mcwfc @mcfcofficial
  • Getting closer to the season, calling all you @mcfcofficial @mcwfc fans! 
Now it begins. #mcwfc seasoncard on sale now!
  • Proud of the squad... Thank you for all the messages and all the support last night! #England #WeGoAgain
  • Privileged to have played alongside the best ... @kellyjsmith what a fantastic player and person! Thanks for all the memories! No one better! Going to miss you!!

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