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After retiring at the end of the 2023/2024, English Women’s Super League (WSL) side, Manchester City are set to honour Steph Houghton for her contribution to the club and women’s football during a historic career.

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City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak revealed a Step Houghton mosaic will be put in place to commemorate her contribution to the club.

The Manchester City player won 121 caps for the English women’s national team across 14 years with the senior team and represented England at three World Cups in 2011, 2015 and 2019 and at the EURO Finals in 2013 and 2017.

“She has been a tremendous leader for the club and team. One of the most decorated player in England,” Al Mubarak said in an interview with Sky Sports.

“Nothing but great appreciation that we have towards staff and her contributions for the club. Thank you Steph for what you have done for us and delighted that you will always be part of the club.

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"You are a legend for the team and women's football. As women's football continue to evolve, you will never be forgotten. She woild continue to be part of the team beyond especially a mosaic for her in our women's team training facility which will be unveiled soon."

Born in Durham, Houghton began her career with Sunderland and broke into the first team as a teenager when she was named as the FA Young Player of the Year in 2006 before moving on to Leeds Carnegie, who she helped to the Women’s FA Cup title in 2010.

A move to Arsenal followed later that year, where she picked up Women’s Super League titles in 2011 and 2012 as well as two more FA Cup medals in 2011 and 2013.

She returned north in 2014 when she signed for Manchester City and another WSL title followed in 2016 along with FA Cup success in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

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Al Mubarak belives the cruel end to the WSL season will act as inspiration for next season. City lost the 2023/2024 WSL title on inferior goal difference to Chelsea FC.

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"Losing the league on goal difference on the last day of the season is a very painful thing because to get to that point where you effectively had the most point in the league tied with another team. To lose on goal difference is truly a cruel and brutal way to lose.

"The flip side of it, It shows we have a wonderful team that went all the way and just an inch away from winning the league. We had a great coach and wonderful squad of players. Very talented.

"I think we had a great season. Nothing to take away from this group. They have done a phenomenon season. A cruel end but a lot to be happy with and proud of and set us up for next season." He concluded.

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