Ex-Sunderland star set to lead England out against Germany at Wembley

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

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

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ENGLAND captain Steph Houghton says she “cannot wait” to lead the Three Lions out against Germany in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd.

The former Sunderland defender scored the winner when Team GB beat Brazil at Wembley in front of a record 70,584 crowd at the Olympics.

But she is now looking forward to making history with England in front of a record 55,000 people on Sunday for the meeting with European champions Germany.

Houghton, originally from South Hetton, said: “Team GB was an amazing experience but I can’t wait to lead the side out in an England shirt at Wembley against one of the best teams in the world.

“It was unbelievable to play at Wembley in front of 70,000 people against Brazil.

“The whole occasion, from turning up at the stadium to leaving, was the best night of my career.

“We have got so many opportunities off the back of it.

“We are in the media now, I am more well known as a result, I have been able to make a better career for myself.

“I will always be grateful for having that opportunity to be part of a home Olympic games.

“It is a memory I will cherish forever,” added the 26-year-old who was talking to the BBC.

Houghton started her career with Sunderland Ladies and now plays for Manchester City Ladies.

England’s previous largest crowd was 29,092 at Etihad Stadium for a Euro 2005 victory over Finland.

The sides last home game was a 4-0 win over Sweden in front of 4,547 at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park ground.

The match, live on BBC Two (KO 3pm), forms the first piece of preparation for next summer’s World Cup Finals in Canada. England qualified by topping their group, winning all 10 matches.

The World Cup draw will be held in Ottawa on Saturday, December 6.