Houghton was injured by a needless and cynical challenge in the final minutes of their last 16 match against Cameroon, which the Lionesses won 3-0. Houghton scored the opener with a free kick, before Ellen White and Alex Greenwood completed the scoring to send England through.
But Houghton’s injury overshadowed the win, and manager Phil Neville has confirmed the captain is a doubt. “Steph is a doubt,” Neville said ahead of Thursday’s match in Le Havre. “She was in a lot of pain after the game. She didn’t do the press conference. It was a bad tackle, and she won’t be training today.”
Neville has since slammed the Cameroon team, claiming it wasn’t football they were playing, while the Cameroon manager Alain Djeumfa claimed the match was a ‘miscarriage of justice,’ following two VAR decisions that went against his team. And it has also been revealed that Chinese referee Qin Liang overturned two further VAR decisions, on a late penalty for a foul on Fran Kirby, in order to prevent the Cameroon team from walking off the pitch.
Maybe if they had done, Steph wouldn’t have been injured late on!