Sophie Howard (footballer)

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Sophie Howard
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Personal information
Full nameSophie Louise Howard [1]
Date of birth (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Hanau, Germany
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 26
Youth career
Sportfreunde Oberau
SV Phönix Düdelsheim
College career
2012–2015 UCF Knights
Senior career*
2009–2012 1899 Hoffenheim 42 (1)
2013 Colorado Rapids Women
2014–2015 Colorado Pride
2015–2018 1899 Hoffenheim 63 (1)
2018- Reading 3 (0)
National team
2012 Germany under-20 2 (0)
2017– Scotland 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 19 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:14, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

Sophie Louise Howard (born 17 September 1993) is a football defender who plays for Reading of England's FA WSL. Since 2017, she has been a member of the senior Scotland national team.

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International career

Howard played twice for the Germany women's national under-20 football team in 2012. She was named in Germany's squad for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan, but did not get to play in any matches. In 2016 she was called into a training camp for England's new "Next Gen" team. She said: "Although I was born and brought up in Germany it’s always been my ambition to play for England, and hopefully I’ve now taken my first step." [2]

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In March 2017 she was called up into the Scotland national team. The Scots had three injured defenders and were allowed to pick Howard because her grandfather is Scottish. [3] She made her senior international debut on 11 April 2017, as a 64th-minute substitute in a 5–0 friendly defeat by Belgium in Leuven. [4]

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  1. "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012 List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 14 September 2012. p. 5. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  2. Leighton, Tony (23 August 2016). "Howard's way is a boost for Next Gen coach Spacey". The League Paper. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  3. Lindsay, Clive (29 March 2017). "Scotland women: Signeul hopes to add Barsley and Howard to squad to face Belgium". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  4. "Under-strength Scotland fall to Belgium". Scottish Football Association. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017. Anna Signeul made a further change on the 64th minute, replacing one debutant with another, as the impressive Vaila Barsley made way for Sophie Howard.
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