England women name new skipper

Defender Steph Houghton has been named as the new England women's captain, reports BBC Sport.

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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