Man City defender Steph Houghton will continue to wear the armband for England in their next two games. After talks with new head coach Sarina Weigman, the decision was taken although a permanent captain is yet to be chosen. Although she was named as the successor to Phil Neville last August, she has recently taken up the job after taking charge of the Netherlands during their Olympic campaign. Her first game will be against North Macedonia in a World Cup Qualifier before taking on Luxembourg.
“We’ve had a conversation. Fortunately, I am the captain for the next couple of games, which is amazing, but we are realistic that she’s getting to know the group and how we work as a team.” Man City defender Steph Houghton said. “For me personally it’s an unbelievable honor to lead the team that I normally have done over the last few years, but regardless of whether I have the armband or not, I’ll still be the same leader.”
“Yes of course. For me there’s no better feeling than playing for your country,” she added when asked if she would remain captain of the team. “I’ve been given the armband for the last five, six years. Every time I do that it’s an amazing moment for me and my family, and to be able to lead these girls out is an absolute honor. I’ll respect whatever decision she [Wiegman] makes. No matter what, you’ll get the same person with or without the armband.”