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England women name new skipper

Defender Steph Houghton has been named as the new England women's captain, reports BBC Sport. The 25-year-old, who replaces Casey Stoney, will lead the team against Montenegro in their opening 2015 World Cup qualifier in Brighton on Saturday.

The Manchester City left-back, who has won 44 caps, said: "To captain my country is something I've dreamed of since I was a little girl."

Head coach Mark Sampson said: "Steph has many of the qualities needed to be an inspirational leader.

"She's honest, hard-working, ambitious and has a winning attitude. She also has the room and time to improve as a player and grow as a leader, which fits in perfectly with our vision for the team.

"She is being passed the armband by an incredible leader in Casey Stoney, who has been a fantastic England captain and ambassador for women's football."

Houghton said: "We have such a talented group of girls, and to put on the armband and lead them out in a World Cup qualifier will be a tremendous honour."

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