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England legend Steph Houghton to retire at finish of season

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Former England captain Steph Houghton has introduced she is going to retire from skilled soccer on the finish of this present season.

The 35-year-old’s profession has spanned 20 years, enjoying for 4 completely different golf equipment (Sunderland, Leeds United, Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis), lifting 16 home trophies — together with eight with present membership, Metropolis.

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Houghton has been capped for England 121 instances, however has not performed for her nation since 2021. She captained England at three main tournaments and represented Crew GB at two Olympics. She has received three WSL titles, too (one with Metropolis, two with Arsenal).

She was named captain of the Lionesses in 2015 and led the crew to 3rd place on the 2015 World Cup in Canada however missed out on a spot in Sarina Wiegman’s squad for the 2022 Euros via damage.

Houghton introduced the choice on social media, writing: “There isn’t any straightforward method to say it, however I’m retiring from soccer on the finish of the present WSL season.

“Taking the choice to retire, is such a troublesome factor to do. While age comes to each participant, it makes it no simpler having to say the phrases out loud. Soccer has been my life; my ardour and I’ve beloved the profession I’ve had.”

Throughout her 10 years with Manchester Metropolis, the English defender turned the membership’s report look holder with 241 appearances in all competitions and essentially the most embellished participant.

She additionally turned the primary Metropolis participant to succeed in 100 appearances in 2017.

Manchester Metropolis head coach Gareth Taylor stated: “Steph is — with out query — an icon of the sport. Though her skilled profession on the pitch is now coming to an finish, her legacy will probably be felt for therefore a few years to come back. She’s paved the way in which for therefore many to thrive sooner or later.

“Steph has lived and breathed soccer for such a very long time, and she or he leaves it within the strongest place it has ever been — a real testomony to her management, laborious work, expertise, and dedication.”