Ahead of the FA Womens Cup Final, Manchester City’s skipper is locked in to lead her team out for her third FA Cup Final in four years on Sunday. They face Everton at Wembley for a chance to defend the trophy.
City’s name has been on the prestigious silverware since May 2019 and having held the honour for so long, Houghton is sure her side are ready to keep the Champions are the same.
“It never gets old!” she smiled. “Games don’t come much bigger than FA Cup Finals and we can’t wait.
“The last two times I’ve won the FA Cup, I’ve won it with City when we’ve had amazing crowds and the way we’ve played has made it even more special.
“It’s an unbelievable moment. Everyone talks about the Wembley steps and to have women’s football played at Wembley in the FA Cup Final with all of its history is fantastic for the game.
“Watching on TV as a kid, you’ve seen so many people walk up to collect the trophy. It’s an unbelievable feeling to be part of that and follow in their footsteps.
“The FA Cup Final isn’t just about the 90 minutes on the pitch – it’s about the whole day and the build-up to it, and your family, friends and fans having the best day ever.
“Having won the FA Cup, it makes you want to lift the trophy again and again – but I’ve also been part of a side that has lost an FA Cup Final so for us as a team, we have to make sure we do everything we possibly can to bring the trophy home.
“If everything goes to plan, it makes it even sweeter but it won’t be easy – it will be a tough game.”
“Ahead of a Final, you want to make sure you’re in the best shape possible, pushing your teammates on and challenging each other to be ready for the game.
“Competition is high and ultimately, that’s for the best interest of the team. It’s not just about the 11 on the pitch – it’s about the whole squad being able to play a part.”
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