Since her debut in 2007, Houghton has played over 100 times for the England national team. She suffered 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 in 2017
|Full name||Stephanie Jayne Houghton|
|Date of birth||23 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Durham, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.74 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:40, 21 April 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:20, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
Houghton began her career playing for 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. After 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 named the new captain for England's team under coach Mark Sampson, beginning on a 1–1 draw with Norway.
For the 2015 World Cup in Canada, Houghton was again named England's team captain. Houghton scored her first World Cup goal against Norway in the round of 16, and was chosen Player of the Match during the quarterfinals with Canada, which qualified England for their first semi-finals ever.
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.
|Sunderland||2002–03||FA WPL Northern||—|
|2005–06||FA WPL National||—|
('Leeds Carnegie' from 2008)
|2007–08||FA WPL National||—|
|Manchester City||2014||FA WSL||13||0||2||0||7||1||—||22||1|
|1.||5 March 2009||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||South Africa||4–0||6–0||2009 Cyprus Cup|
|2.||22 September 2011||County Ground, Swindon, England||Slovenia||3–0||4–0||Euro 2013 qualifying|
|3.||31 March 2012||Sajmište, Vrbovec, Croatia||Croatia||5–0||6–0|
|5.||20 October 2012||Stade Sébastien Charléty, Paris, France||France||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|6.||6 March 2013||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||Italy||2–2||4–2||2013 Cyprus Cup|
|7.||14 June 2014||Traktar Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||2–0||3–0||2015 World Cup qualifying|
|8.||22 June 2015||Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa, Canada||Norway||1–1||2–1||2015 World Cup|
|9.||25 October 2016||Estadio Pedro Escartín, Guadalajara, Spain||Spain||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|10.||24 November 2017||Bescot Stadium, Walsall, England||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1–0||4–0||2019 World Cup qualifying|
|12.||2 March 2019||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, United States||United States||1–1||2–2||2019 SheBelieves Cup|
|13.||23 June 2019||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France||Cameroon||1–0||3–0||2019 World Cup|
Houghton is married to former Bolton Wanderers defender Stephen Darby. They married on 21 June 2018. On 18 September 2018, Darby announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 29 after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease.
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|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|
Manchester City W.F.C. – current squad
FA Women's Young Player of the Year