Ex-Sunderland star Steph Houghton’s pride after featuring in new Fifa 2016 game

Steph Houghton in action for England against Sweden

Steph Houghton in action for England against Sweden

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STEPH Houghton has spoken of her pride after starring in new football video game Fifa 2016 - the first time women’s teams have featured in its history.

England captain Houghton, from South Hetton, and her team-mates have been included with 11 other international women’s sides.

And the former Sunderland defender said she is delighted to be involved in the popular game, which until now had only featured men’s teams.

Houghton, 27, said: “To be one of the first female players included is something we’ll always be able to look back on.

“Hopefully it will help raise the profile of the women’s game even further.”

The Manchester City defender, who will lead her country to the summer World Cup, beginning on June 6 in Canada, added: “Quite a few of us in the team play Fifa so I’m sure there will be a bit of banter about our ratings.

“I’m looking forward to scoring as myself for the first time.”

Fifa 16 designers used American striker Abby Wambach to record the typical movements of a female footballer.

David Rutter, vice president and general manager of EA Sports said: “Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA Sports.”

The EA Sports game was first released in 1993. The new game has a September release.

The women’s teams on Fifa 16 are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.