(Reuters) – England defender Steph Houghton said she was frustrated at missing the European Women’s Championship, but the 34-year-old has no plans to end her international career before the 2023 World Cup.
Houghton, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in September 2021 and then underwent surgery, was left out of Sarina Wiegman’s squad that won the Euro in front of their fans after beating Germany in the final in July.
Houghton returned to action for Manchester City this season and said it was too early to follow club and national teammates Jill Scott and Ellen White into retirement.
Scott and White announced they were hanging up their boots in August after helping England win the European Championship.
“I really don’t want to end my career in England with an injury,” she wrote in The Players Tribune on Wednesday.
“I know Jill and Ellen came out on a high and it was the right time for them, but I’m not ready to close that chapter just yet.
“That said, I know I have to be realistic, and there will be conversations with Sarina in the coming months. We’ll see what happens next, but right now I’m determined to enjoy every moment.”
The World Cup will be played in July-August in Australia and New Zealand next year.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)