England defender Steph Houghton believes that her last few months have been tough but is hopeful of selection for Euro 2022. The former England captain has not played for the past few months because of an Achilles injury. She was named as part of the provisional 28-player squad for the tournament. Houghton faces stiff competition from Millie Bright, Alex Greenwood, Lotte Wubben-Moy, and Jess Carter. It will also be her first camp since Leah Williamson was named captain after she was the England captain for the last seven years.

“I’m really happy and I’m just glad to be back,” former England captain Steph Houghton said. “It’s been a tough journey, having the surgery but I’ve worked really hard to get myself in this position and I’m taking it day by day. I’m excited to get back on the pitch and back to my best.”

“I’ve said to myself to just come here, enjoy it and still take on the role I did previously,” she added. “I feel I can contribute in so many ways without the armband, especially with my experience at major tournaments. I’m going to be myself to help Leah and the vice-captains as much as I possibly can but more importantly, I just want to enjoy my football as I haven’t had that for such a long time.”

“We’re a family here and family comes first. She knows we’re all thinking of her and that comes first. We’re getting on the training pitch, hopefully doing her proud for when she gets back next week,” she added. “I’m following the medical expertise, I’m doing really well. I know it’s a cliché but I am just taking it day-by-day and trying to work my way back into the squad.”

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