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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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Bronze goal puts England into World Cup semis

Lucy Bronze, from Berwick, put England 2-0 ahead against Canada Credit: Vaughn Ridley/EMPICS Sport

A headed goal from Berwick's Lucy Bronze helped put England into the Semi-Finals of the Women's World Cup after a 2-1 win over host nation Canada in Vancouver.

Bronze, 23, put the Lionesses 2-0 up inside 14 minutes after Jodie Taylor's goal after 3 minutes had given England a dream start.

Lionesses Captain Steph Houghton, from Durham, also featured in the match at BC Place Stadium.

England now face reigning World Champions Japan in the Semi-Finals at the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton on July 1.

North East women help England to World Cup quarter final

Emotional scenes in Canada as England Women's secure quarter final place. Credit: Lynsey Hooper

Two north east girls have fired England through to the quarter finals of the women's World Cup.

Steph Houghton from County Durham and Lucy Bronze from Northumberland got the goals as England came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 and set up a quarter final against the hosts, Canada.

They were joined by fellow former Sunderland players Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott and Carly Telford, as they secured their place in the next round.

Goals from former Sunderland players fired England through to the next round. Credit: Lynsey Hooper

Durham's Steph Houghton to lead England's women in Wembley clash with Germany

Steph Houghton, former Sunderland player, captains England's women's team today Credit: PA Images

England's women will play at the new Wembley for the first time today.

They face Germany, live on TV, in front of a sell-out crowd.

England will be led out by Captain, and former Sunderland player Steph Houghton who's originally from Durham.

55,000 tickets have been sold for the international friendly.

Germany are currently the European champions, kick off is at 3pm.

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Women's Premier League season kicks off

Newcastle and Sunderland women's football teams are hoping their sport will maintain the high profile it had during the Olympics, when the new Premier League season begins this weekend.

Steph Houghton scored during every game of the Olympic group stages Credit: PA Wire

Former Sunderland players Steph Houghton and Jill Scott were part of a GB team that made the quarter-finals and only just missed out on an Olympic medal. The crowd who watched them at Wembley Stadium was bigger than at the men's Champions League final in May.

On Sunday, Newcastle make a return to the Premier League after a season in the division below. They travel to Nottingham Forest for the first match of the season, while Sunderland travel to Portsmouth.