Houghton can't wait to get back out at Wembley Stadium

21 November 2014 / 09:49

Steph Houghton admits she can’t wait to play at Wembley Stadium again as she leads England out to face Germany on Sunday.

Houghton has fond memories of playing at Wembley, having scored the winner there when Team GB beat Brazil 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 70,584 at London 2012.

And while that number might not be matched this weekend, the clash with European champions Germany will see England set a new record with 55,000 fans expected to attend, the previous best sitting at 29,092 for a Euro 2005 victory over Finland at the Etihad Stadium.

But whatever happens, captain Houghton has told her England teammates that they are in for an unforgettable experience.

"That size of crowd was just not known. It was a historic moment for women's football,” Houghton told BBC Sport. "It changed my life. This is a chance for women's football to go big again.

"Team GB was an amazing experience but I can't wait to lead the side out in an England shirt at Wembley against one of the best teams in the world.

"It was unbelievable to play at Wembley in front of 70,000 people against Brazil. The whole occasion, from turning up at the stadium to leaving, was the best night of my career. A lot of the girls who were involved would say the same.

"We have got so many opportunities off the back of it. We are in the media now, I am more well known as a result, I have been able to make a better career for myself.

“I will always be grateful for having that opportunity to be part of a home Olympic Games. It is a memory I will cherish forever."