STEPH HOUGHTON, MBE

Steph is the England and Manchester City captain, FA Cup winner and a pioneer for female football and athletes everywhere.

Since her debut in 2007, Houghton is fast approaching the magical 100 caps for the England national team. She has overcome suffered serious injuries prior to play in a number of World Cups and European Championships and lead the Lionesses since 2014 on a number of occasions.

She 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. She now plies her trade with Manchester City who are challenging for the major honours within the domestic game under her captaincy.

Houghton was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to football and was also the first female footballer to be the cover star of major football magazine, Shoot.

To learn more about our amazing ambassador Steph, please see this BBC Sport profile on her documenting her journey in greater depth: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/32984408