Wednesday, August 1

By Steph Houghton

Stephanie Houghton

I don't actually know what's happening at the moment! I am as surprised as anybody else to be honest. The last week or so has just been amazing, absolutely unreal.

If somebody had told me before the tournament that I would score three times I would have told them they were having a laugh. It is obviously a huge bonus but the main thing is that we keep winning and going through this tournament.

Last night was unbelievable and it is just what every footballer dreams of. To play at Wembley in front of 70,000 people against Brazil, one of the best footballing countries in the world - and score in a 1-0 win - is something I don't think I could have written for myself. It's a dream come true.

Over the 90 minutes we had a little bit of pressure on us in the first half when Brazil were creating opportunities. But as a team we dug deep for 90 minutes, worked really hard and defended well. We were also dangerous on the counter. We were delighted with our performance and every game it seems to be getting better and better.

The dressing room was absolutely buzzing after the game, everybody was singing and dancing in the ice baths with the music on. All of us were thrilled but not one of us could believe it was actually happening. We know it was an historic night for us - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go and play at Wembley. Everybody is so grateful for that.

Even when we were walking out on the pitch before the game it was just unreal. The atmosphere was just amazing and the national anthem was quite emotional. To hear that many people singing and knowing for a fact that they are all behind you is just one of those moments you will never forget. The girls can't thank the fans enough.

It is my most memorable night in football without a shadow of a doubt. I thought the New Zealand game would be the highlight of my career so far but yesterday just topped everything off. It was probably the best night of my life.

The fact that we had already qualified for the quarter-finals allowed us to enjoy ourselves even more. We knew there was no pressure on, so we just wanted to go out there and give a good performance for all the fans who came to watch. I think we did that, and it was a great night.


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1 Aug 2012