Steph Houghton to retire after season as Lionesses icon honors hubby Stephen Darby 

Steph Houghton, the former captain of the Lionesses, has declared that she would retire from football at the conclusion of the current Women's Super League season.  

The 35-year-old, who is presently a center-back for Manchester City, a team vying for the WSL title, will conclude a career spanning over 20 years during which she has amassed over 120 caps for England and nearly 150 appearances for City.  

Houghton is recognized as one of the top center backs in the world for the women's game, and her impressive resume bears witness to her incredible career.  

The famous Englishwoman also announced her intention to retire in a heartfelt social media statement.

"It's difficult to announce, but I'm quitting football at the conclusion of the current WSL season," she stated.  

"It has been an honor and a privilege to represent Sunderland, Leeds United, Arsenal, and to have spent the last ten years on this amazing adventure with Manchester City.  

"I would want to express my gratitude to everyone of my teammates; I have gained friendships and support from each of them along the process, and I have continued to learn every day. 

I would like to express my gratitude to all of my managers, coaches, and staff members for their time, effort, and hard work in raising the bar for women's football and myself.  

"I want to finish the game in a better place than when I came, and I want to have done my little part to improve football for females in the future.  

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