Manchester City centre-half Steph Houghton has been named as the new captain of the England Women's football team.
The decision means the 25-year-old will lead her country against Montenegro in their opening 2015 World Cup qualifier at The Amex Stadium in Brighton on Saturday.
The ex-Arsenal ladies player spoke of her delight at being chosen, telling BBC Sport: "To captain my country is something I've dreamed of since I was a little girl.
""All the captains I’ve played under such as Casey, Faye White and Kelly Smith have all really helped me throughout my career and it meant a lot. I know if I needed advice, I could go to any of them."
Houghton has previously led Arsenal to an FA Cup victory as well as winning the Continental Cup in 2013, before moving to Manchester City at the start of this year.
She has also captained her country in the past, once in a friendly against Norway in January as well as in the Cyprus Cup against Canada.
A versatile player, at the London 2012 Olympic Games Houghton was part of the women's team and scored the winning goal in a victory against Brazil.
Houghton has 44 caps to her name, and has received a large amount of praise from head coach Mark Sampson.
"Steph has many of the qualities needed to be an inspirational leader," he said. "She's honest, hard-working, ambitious and has a winning attitude.
"She also has the room and time to improve as a player and grow as a leader, which fits in perfectly with our vision for the team."
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