Phil backs rock Steph

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT -

PHIL NEVILLE has backed cap­tain Steph Houghton to defy per­sonal heartache and be­come Eng­land’s most capped woman ever.

Neville says Houghton, who will win her 100th cap against Swe­den at Rother­ham to­mor­row, can chal­lenge Fara Wil­liams’ Eng­land record of 170 caps.

Houghton, 30, will be watched by hus­band Stephen Darby - the for­mer Liver­pool de­fender forced to re­tire af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease.

“You can’t ig­nore what she’s go­ing through,” said Neville.

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