Steph Houghton was named England captain on 4 April 2014, ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.
The Durham native made her senior team debut against Russia in 2007 and, after injury robbed her of a place at that year’s World Cup and the 2009 Euros, she appeared at World Cup 2011 and the 2013 Euros in Sweden.
Houghton made a name for herself as part of Team GB at London 2012, when she netted three group stage goals – including a memorable winner against Brazil at Wembley.
Formerly of Sunderland and Leeds Carnegie, Houghton captained Arsenal to glory in the 2013 FA Women’s Cup and FA WSL Continental Cup, before being handed the armband upon joining Manchester City.
The 25-year-old has played in a variety of positions for her country, but has found a home at centre back under Mark Sampson.