Steph Houghton extends Man City contract

England captain Steph Houghton has committed her future to Manchester City by signing a contract extension which will keep her at the club until the end of the 2017 season.

The 27-year-old defender, who joined City from Arsenal Ladies in January 2014, put pen to paper before heading off to join up with her international teammates ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup, which gets under way in Canada next month.

Houghton told the club's official website: "I'm extremely delighted. It was always in my mind that I wanted to be here for longer, and I'm so happy to have put pen to paper on a new deal.

"I feel so at home at Manchester City. I know I've developed as a player over the last 16 months and as a team, we've got a really good philosophy and really good people who all want to play a part in helping the club to become the best it can be.

"It was a very easy decision. There was no doubt in my mind and those close to me agreed. I knew I wanted to be part of the club's future over the next few years. I feel we're heading in the right direction."