Former England captain Steve Houghton has admitted she found it difficult to watch Euro 2022 over the summer after losing a place in the final Lions squad.
Houghton has been an England international since 2007 and captained the team to the semi-finals of the major tournaments in 2015, 2017 and 2019. But she missed most of last season through injury and was racing against the clock to get back in shape in time. Historic championship in the homeland.
During her long absence, Hutton also saw England The captain moved on to Leah Williamson, a shift that was permanently converted by coach Sarina Wegman in April.
There was still a chance that the veteran would be able to make the team anyway, and she found notable support in the press. However, even after being named to the preliminary roster, Hutton did not cut the final 23-man squad and had to watch a historic summer from afar.
give her story for Players TribuneHoughton said losing the England captain was the “harder” aspect of being sidelined – she first received the captaincy in 2014.
“When Sarina announced her selection as the new England captain in April, I was happy for Leah and completely respected the decision,” Houghton explained.
“But that was one of the hardest parts of getting hurt, if not the hardest. You give everything for something and you get taken away, without being able to show you what you can do.”
She went on to add: “Of course I watched the final, I couldn’t miss it. But to be completely honest, throughout the Euro Championship, I found it difficult to watch the matches. I was so desperate to be there when I wasn’t selected, I wasn’t sure how good it would be to watch the tournament. Mentally.
“I was so frustrated because I felt like I had a little closure. Everything just felt weird.”
Houghton also revealed that she is not ready to step away from international football just yet, after seeing her longtime teammates Jill Scott and Elaine White call time since the European Championship final.
“I really don’t want to end my career in England because of the injury,” she said. “I know Jill and Elaine came off the top and this was the right moment for them, but I’m not ready to close this chapter yet.”