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Steph Houghton mural unveiled in Raleigh for WICC

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: A mural featuring Steph Houghton has been unveiled in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Women's International Champions Cup

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: A mural featuring Steph Houghton has been unveiled in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Women's International Champions Cup

City and England captain Steph Houghton MBE is one of Britain's most iconic sportswomen and the defender has been celebrated, ahead of the 2019 Women's International Champions Cup.

The centre-back features in a mural, unvelied in Raleigh, North Carolina and created by local artist Taylor White, to promote the summer tournament.

The mural is located at the Morgan Street Food Hall with Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Amanda Sampedro (Atletico Madrid) and Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage) also depicted.

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The Mural celebrates the triumphs experienced in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as the calibre of players participating in the WICC - 37 of whom represented their home countries in France earlier this summer.

Houghton captained England at her third World Cup tournament, leading the Lionesses to the semi-finals, while Sampedro represented Spain, Renard competed with tournament hosts France and Erceg played for New Zealand.

The full North Carolina Courage team, which includes recent World Cup Champions Abbey Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Jessica McDonald and Sam Mewis, visited the mural on Friday 19 July.

The WICC competition will take place in Raleigh from 15-18 August at Sahlen’s Stadium at Wakemed Soccer Park.

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All teams will play two semi-final matches and qualify for either the Third-Place Play-Off or the WICC FInal.

This is the first time Atletico Madrid participate in the tournament, with the North Carolina Courage defending their crown after defeating Olympique Lyonnais for the title in 2018.

The winners of the event will for the first time receive a monetary prize. Matches will be broadcast on ESPN.

Tickets to the WICC can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

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