Picture special: England - with new skipper - show their skills at the Amex

England skipper Steph Houghton faces the media

Striker Eni Aluko is denied

Goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain gets ready for action

Action from England's training game at the Amex

Alex Scott (left of picture) about to make a tackle

England boss Mark Sampson

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England Women will have a new permanent captain when they go for goals at the Amex tomorrow.

Manchester City defender Steph Houghton will lead the side out for their World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.

England are aiming for a fifth win out of five in their qualifying group as they target a place in the finals in Canada next year.

Houghton has been chosen by head coach Mark Sampson to lead the team permanently.

Capped 44 times, she has captained England twice under Sampson, in a January friendly against Norway and in the Cyprus Cup against Canada.

Sampson said: “When I started as head coach I knew that I wanted a captain who would lead the side for a long time coming, as we build the team and work towards success.

“Steph has many of the qualities needed to be an inspirational leader and the attributes that I want our team to epitomise. She’s honest, hard-working, ambitious and has a winning attitude.

“At 25, Steph also has the room and time to improve as a player and grow as a leader, which fits in perfectly with our vision for the team."

England had a run out at the Amex todayas they build up to tomorrow's clash (12.55pm) and seemed to be enjoying their surroundings.

Our photographer Liz Finlayson captured the action.

Tickets for the game, priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for juniors, remain on sale via seagulls.co.uk or by calling 0844 327 1901

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