No plans to retire from UK despite euro snap


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England defender Steph Houghton says she is disappointed to miss out on this summer’s Women’s European Championship, but says she has no plans to retire from international football before the 2023 World Cup.

Houghton, who tore his Achilles tendon in September 2021 and later underwent surgery, was left out of Sarina Wickman’s squad for this year’s home tournament.

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England won the Euros in front of a record crowd at Wembley, defeating Germany in the final in July.

Houghton returned to action for Manchester City this season and said it was too soon to retire former club and international teammates Jill Scott and Ellen White.

The Scot and White announced they were hanging up their boots in August after helping England win the Euros.

“I don’t want to end my England career with an injury,” he wrote in The Players’ Tribune on Wednesday.

“I know Jill and Ellen have both gone on to great heights and it’s the right time for them, but I’m not ready to close that chapter just yet.

“I know I have to be realistic and have conversations with Sarina in the next few months. We’ll see what happens next, but right now, I’m determined to enjoy every moment.”

The World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand in July-August next year.


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