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Houghton explains responsibility to be a good role model

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The Manchester City footballer believes the Lionesses have a good mix of young players and footballers with experience.

England women’s national team is set to play today Scotland, in their first match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

And for Manchester City footballer Steph Houghton, her responsibility as a role model for the younger players is big.

“I think for me, and other experienced players like Karen Carney and Jill Scott, it’s about making sure they enjoy it,” she told the club’s official website.

“Look, it’s going to be the biggest World Cup and they’ve got that opportunity, so it’s now about taking it.”

“We’ve got so many good young players coming through that to deserve to be playing on this big stage,” she added.

“For us, it’s just about being there to put an arm around them let them know that they’ve got our full support and that’s how it’s always been.”

“Of course, it’s going to be nerve-racking but, at the same time, we have to make sure we enjoy the experience because we play our best football when we’re relaxed,” she continued.

“For me, I think it has brought out the best of us and helped those players with less experience get the opportunity of playing the big games against the best teams.”

England’s manager Phil Neville was full of praise for her: “I think Steph has had the best 12 months of her career in terms of her form and her performances on the field.”

“I did have to rest her in April because she had played in every training session and every game and we needed to make sure we protected her for the World Cup.”