Steph Houghton (ENG)
England’s leader both on and off the pitch with an MBE to her name, Steph Houghton was born and raised in Durham and spent her youth career at Sunderland Women, before moving on to Leeds, followed by Arsenal and now Manchester City. She’s since established herself as a mainstay at the heart of England’s defence and recently totted up 100 caps for her country. After heartbreak in the semi-final back in 2015, Houghton will be eager to lead England one step further to reach their first ever Women’s World Cup final.
Illustration by Caitlin Kuhwald