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Captain. Leader. Legend. England is lead by one of the most strong-minded players in world football, Steph Houghton. Current Manchester City player and Lionesses captain for over 4 years is a statement of her leadership qualities which have been taken to the Women’s World Cup in France.
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Houghton began her career at Sunderland Women as a local girl born in Durham. Then moving to Leeds United to Arsenal where she made her name as a major player in the defence of the gunners. Then, in the January 2014 Houghton made the next step in her career by joining Manchester City.

Competing for Great Britain at the London Olympics in 2012 she made a massive name for herself and since then Houghton has gone from stride to stride. Since then her 82 games for City and 106 caps for England has led her to become the go-to player for the Lionesses.

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Houghton is the epitome of hard work, dedication and resilience to get to the highest stage of Women’s football. Competing for England at U16, U19, U20, U21 and U23 level, she now leads out the Lionesses for the senior side.

Her first callup to the senior squad was against Germany in 2006 and received her 100th England Cap in 2018 against Sweden. Throughout her career, Houghton, has been a Nike rep and donned the swoosh during the biggest competitions in world football. Yet, as a mindset Houghton has reached the top with pinch of grit. Pro:Direct caught up with Steph Houghton to see what she would tell her younger self…

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“Dear Steph.

“First thing is always work hard in anything you do. Whether that’s on the pitch, off the pitch or in the gym.

“Listen to your coaches, parents and the people around you that mean the most and most importantly try and enjoy every single day.

“Everything counts because it’s a short career, so you’ve got to make the most of it.

“Enjoy representing your country and focus on trying to win at European Championships and the World Cup.

“Success looks like you winning the World Cup in France 2019.”

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