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England captain Houghton given MBE award

Stephanie Houghton is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palac Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

England Women's captain Steph Houghton has received an MBE during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The 28-year-old, from Durham, had been named in the Queen's New Year Honours list and was given her award today for services to women's football.

Speaking earlier in the year about her MBE award, the Manchester City Women's captain said:

It was a massive year for our sport and to be awarded an MBE at the end of it… well, it doesn’t seem real.

– Steph Houghton

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Former Sunderland Ladies boss 'proud' of England North East five

Former Sunderland Ladies boss Mick Mulhern says he's proud of the five North East girls in the England Women's squad who have made it to the Women's World Cup Semi-Finals in Canada.

The Lionesses face Japan tonight in the second Semi-Final at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Captain Steph Houghton, from Durham, Jill Scott, from Sunderland, Lucy Bronze, from Northumberland, Jordon Nobbs, from Stockton and Carly Telford, from Newcastle, could all feature.

Mulhern, who stepped down from his role as Sunderland Ladies manager in November 2014 after spending 15 years with the club, also had some advice for his former players.

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