BEST OF WEARSIDE: Sunderland football hero on the line up

Steph Houghton in action for England against Sweden. Picture by FRANK REID
Steph Houghton in action for England against Sweden. Picture by FRANK REID

FEMALE football’s finest has another goal in sight.

Steph Houghton, who is the captain of England and comes originally from South Hetton, has been nominated for a Best of Wearside award.

It’s yet another boost for the 26-year-old who is enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of the women’s game.

The Echo recently told how Steph also features on the front page of October’s edition of Shoot magazine. It is the first time there has been a female cover star in the publication’s 45-year history.

Next month, the 50-times capped international will lead England out at Wembley for the first time, when they take on Germany on November 23.

That comes just four days after the Best of Wearside awards finals night which will be held at the Stadium of Light.

When told she had been nominated, Steph said: “I am delighted and overwhelmed. I am really glad to be nominated for such a nice award in the area.”

The finals come in the same week as “a massive game against Germany,” said Steph. She added: “It is a dream come true to play at Wembley and I am really excited. I can’t wait.”

She said life was “non-stop” at the moment but she “would not have it any other way”.

Steph started her career with Sunderland Ladies. She now plays for Manchester City Ladies.

Steph has also played for Arsenal and Leeds, and captained the Great Britain side, which caught the imagination in the 2012 Olympic Games.

The former Hetton School pupil will also be a key part of the Three Lionesses squad which travels to Canada for next summer’s World Cup.

The awards will culminate in a grand finale at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, November 19.

For now, though, we want readers to get in touch with their very own favourites as they could be the ones following in the footsteps of last year’s fantastic winners.

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