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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

  • Manchester City v Liverpool KO @ 2PM @ The Academy Stadium! Come on Girls! #Together (5 hours ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Wishing all the boys on the @NikeUK #MostWanted 2015 good luck! Good to see you all! #Nike #FearlessWins ⚽️ (2 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Another win in the #ContiCup .. 2-0 v Everton @toni_duggan again 🔥🔥 and @StanwayGeorgia with a debut goal! Recover and big game Sunday! 😊 (2 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Manchester City v Everton KO @ 7.30PM @ Halton Stadium .. Come on Girls! #ContiCup (2 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Watch the Women's Football Show with me,@emmsb30 + @JacquiOatley 2night @ 11.05pm on BBC2 or catch on the red button! (6 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @stephhoughton2

  • Wishing all the boys good luck on the @nikefootball @nike #MostWanted2015 trials! Good to see you this morning! #FearlessWins
  • Watch the Women's Football Show with me and @emmsb30 on BBC2 at 11.05pm or on the red button at 7pm!
  • Always wanted to be on Question of Sport and now finally done it! 
Great to be on these legends team.. #MichaelVaughan #MattDawson 💭😊
  • Honoured and delighted to be amongst some great players in the #FifaWorldCup #AllStar Squad! 
Congrats to my @mcwfc and @england teammates @lucybronze + @klbardsley 😊🙌🏻
  • What a weekend for @mcfcofficial and @mcwfc fans! 
Great Team performance and 2 huge wins from both us and the lads! 💙
  • Good to catch up with the Skipper @vincentkompany today! 
Good Luck on Sunday and see you at our next home game! @mcwfc @mcfcofficial 💙
  • #FAWSL shoot in Manchester! Thank you @bareminerals and @francesprescottmakeup for today! Amazing as always!
  • Ledge few days away with the bro @stuhoughton92 😎☀️ #RayBanCrew #Family #Sun #SwitchOff
  • Breakfast date 😍😘 @stephen.darby
  • Enough to make you laugh and smile! Bobby the next singing superstar 😂❤️ @neilhout @debrahout
  • Our 1st day off together in 2 months with @stephen.darby #2ndFamily #Food #Chill ❤️😘😍💋
  • It's good to be back in blue .. 💙 #Repost @jbeattie91 with @repostapp.
😊😊😊😊 amazing support yesterday. And 3 points 💙
  • 💙 x 
#Repost @toniduggan with @repostapp.
We are milking it too @clraff.... why not!!!! Haha!!! Day out with the bronze medalists 😂😁 #KensingtonPalace #No10 #Wimbledon @stephhoughton2 x
  • We did it.. @england bronze medallists at the #FifaWorldCup 
What a feeling! #Team
  • 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 😊

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