10 things you said about Sunderland footballer Steph Houghton's MBE

Readers have been full of praise for Steph Houghton after she received an MBE.
Readers have been full of praise for Steph Houghton after she received an MBE.
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England women's captain Steph Houghton had a date at Buckingham Palace this week - to pick up her MBE for services to football.

The 28-year-old from South Hetton, County Durham, captained the Lionesses to third place in last year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

Stepeh received the MBE from the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace.

Stepeh received the MBE from the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace.

The honour capped a glittering career, which began at Sunderland AFC Ladies when she was a teenager.

After five years with the Lady Black Cats she moved on to Leeds United, then Arsenal, before signing for current club Manchester City in 2014.

She has 70 England caps, and also represented Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics.

In October 2014, Steph made history by becoming the first female footballer to be on the cover of Shoot magazine

Here's what you had to say about her collecting her MBE from the Princess Royal:

Rachel Turnbull: "Thanks to women like Steph, my daughter, who also plays for Sunderland Girls for the past two years, has opportunities. Steph is my daughter's role model and, I must say, a better role model than most. So thank you Steph for being a true pioneer of women's and girls' football."

Joanne Forster-Harris: "Congratulations Steph. Proud of one of our local lasses from South Hetton."

Audrey Green: "Well done Steph - you're an inspiration to all. What a beautiful picture - one more for your Mum to be proud of."

Nigel Bromley: "Great player, deserved."

Joan Redford: "Well done Steph and well deserved."

Clive Lee: "Well done local lass Steph!"

Jane Jones: "A brilliant role model."

James Dow: "She's more deserving than money-grabbing politicians who get them willy-nill. At least she's got talent and put in the graft. Good luck to her."

Emma Dickinson: "Well done Steph, I know how proud your mam is of you."

Carole Butler: "Well done Steph, you are a class girl."