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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

  • Solid team performance against a strong German side! Shows how far we have come as a squad! Thanks for all your messages! #Lionesses 💪🏻 (1 hour ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • England v Germany KO @ 5PM in Duisburg! Watch Live on the @BBCRedButton Come on Girls! #Lionesses (8 hours ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Delighted to win @bbc NE Sports Personality of the year! Thanks to my teammates, @MCWFC @england and my family! ❤️ (1 day ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

  • Good Luck to this one tonight!! Come on the boy @sdarbs10 😍😘 #HowsYourFrown XX (2 days ago, via Instagram)

  • Recovery day before meeting up with @england later! Thank you @tptherapy #TriggerPoint 💪🏻 (4 days ago, via Twitter for iPhone)

Instagram: @stephhoughton2

  • 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!
  • 😍❤️😘 Gorgeous Mam!!
  • Happy 23rd Birthday bro! So proud of you, what a lovely young man you have turned into! Hero! Can't wait to see you! 😘❤️ @stuhoughton92
  • Excited to team up with @Lil_Lets this season to talk about #Becomingateen

Here is the first in a four part series:
  • Promoting @easportsfifa #FIFA16 #WereInTheGame tonight at the City Store with @jillscott12 @toniduggan @lucybronze @klbardsley ⚽️ Great to see so many fans turn up! 😊
  • 8-0 win! 
@jaclarke11 with her 50th cap! 
@izzychristiansen with a debut goal and @dc15_x with a debut hat trick! 
Well done team! Great start to our #EuroChampionship campaign! 🙌🏻👏🏻😊⚽️
  • Great to be back with the @england squad at SGP this week! Whole squad ready and excited to start our European Championship campaign v Estonia! 
Cruising around with @carlytelford1 🙌🏻 #Chip
  • Loving my new #TechPack hoodie from @nikelondon .. 🙌🏻💜 #Nike
  • Huge win, huge performance...all about the squad! 
Walking out with a Future @mcwfc captain ?! Hope Sienna enjoyed it @vincentkompany #MCFCFamily 💙
  • You know where you should be over the next few weeks ... 😊 
Looking forward to seeing all our @mcwfc fans at the Academy Stadium for our final few games! 💙
  • Amazing weekend with my @stephen.darby #Wedding #Family #HomeSweetHome 🏡👫❤️😘
  • Walking out at the Academy Stadium with Lily... Special moment to see her smile and love every minute! 💙 #Houghton6
  • 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

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