Houghton (R) with Ellen White and the FA WSL trophy
|Full name||Stephanie Jayne Houghton|
|Date of birth||23 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Durham, England|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|2007–2010||Leeds United Ladies||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:40, 21 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Since her debut in 2007, Houghton has played over 50 times for the England national team. She was unfortunate to suffer serious injuries immediately before the 2007 World Cup and Euro 2009, but recovered to play in the 2011 World Cup and Euro 2013. She was made England captain in January 2014.
Houghton came to prominence at the 2012 London Olympics, scoring three goals in Great Britain's four games, including winners against New Zealand and Brazil. At club level Houghton started at Sunderland in her native North East England before moving on to Leeds United in 2007 then Arsenal Ladies in 2010. An extremely versatile player, she broke into the Sunderland team as a striker before moving back into midfield and later into defence.
Houghton began her career with five years at Sunderland. She helped Sunderland to win promotion from the Northern Division in 2005–06 and then won the FA Young Player of the Year Award in 2006–07. When Sunderland were relegated that season, Houghton became a target for Arsenal and Everton. She eventually joined Leeds United Ladies.
Houghton was involved with England at U16 schools, U19, U20, U21 and U23 level. She was called into the full squad for a match against Germany on 25 October 2006, when Katie Chapman withdrew with an illness. She was an unused substitute in the 5–1 defeat in Aalen.
Houghton made her debut in the next match, replacing Emily Westwood after 73 minutes of a 6–0 win over Russia in Milton Keynes on 8 March 2007. Her first start came three days later, in a 1–0 win over Scotland at Adams Park.
Houghton played in all three games at UEFA Women's Euro 2013 as England finished in last place: "a massive disappointment personally and collectively as a squad." In January 2014 she was proud to captain England in new coach Mark Sampson's first match in charge, a 1–1 draw with Norway.
In May 2015 Sampson named Houghton in his final squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, to be hosted in Canada. "It will be an honour and a privilege to lead these girls in Canada," said Houghton.
Houghton was called up to the first Great Britain women's side for the 2012 Summer Olympics as a defender. She became the team's record goalscorer from the left–back position, scoring in all three group games to help Great Britain to win the group with a 100% record, as well as making important challenges to help ensure the side progressed without conceding a goal. Houghton was also named left back of the tournament due to her outstanding performance during the games.
- For England
- Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
|1||5 March 2009||Larnaca||South Africa||6–0||Cyprus Cup||1|
|2||22 September 2011||County Ground, Swindon||Slovenia||4–0||2013 UEFA Women's Championship Qual.||1|
|4||31 March 2012||Sajmište, Vrbovec||Croatia||6–0||2013 UEFA Championship Qual.||2|
|5||20 October 2012||Stade Sébastien Charléty, Paris||France||2–2||Friendly||1|
|6||6 March 2013||GSP Stadium, Nicosia||Italy||4–2||2013 Cyprus Cup||1|
- For Great Britain
- Scores and results list Great Britain's goal tally first.
|1||25 July 2012||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||New Zealand||1–0||2012 Olympic Games|
|2||28 July 2012||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Cameroon||3–0||2012 Olympic Games|
|3||31 July 2012||Wembley Stadium, London||Brazil||1–0||2012 Olympic Games|
In popular culture
- "List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- Alan Hubbard (22 May 2011). "Houghton is football's Jill of all trades". The Independent. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
- "Leeds land Steph Houghton". Fair Game. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "Houghton and Nobbs join Arsenal". UEFA.com. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "Women's Super League launches Twitter kit initiative to raise profile". BBC Sport. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- "Steph Houghton signs for City". mcfc.co.uk. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "Houghton in for Chapman". Fair Game. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "Germany Women 5–1 England Women". BBC. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "England Women 6–0 Russia Women". BBC. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "England Women 1–0 Scotland Women". BBC. 11 March 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- Leighton, Tony (14 May 2009). "Steph Houghton rejoins England squad after two years of injury agony". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
- "England Women awarded contracts". BBC Sport. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- Moore, Leigh (29 August 2013). "Houghton's Euro pain eased by Arsenal form". BT Sport. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- Wilson, Scott (19 January 2014). "North-Easterner Houghton expresses pride at captaining England". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- Lavery, Glenn (11 May 2015). "England squad named for FIFA Women's World Cup". The Football Association. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- "Triple goal scorer Steph Houghton 'bends like Beckham'". BBC Sport. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Houghton makes history with Shoot Magazine". Manchester City F.C. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
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