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England Women's Football Team members honoured in New Year Honours List

Leah Williamson
  • England captain Leah Williamson made an OBE, teammates Lucy Bronze, Beth Mead and Ellen White have all become MBEs.
  • England's Dutch head coach Sarina Wiegman was also made a CBE on the Overseas List. 
  • Captains of Wales and Scotland, Sophie Ingle and Kim Little received OBE and MBE, respectively.
  • Scotland internationals Andy Robertson and Jen Beattie became MBEs 
  • Chris Kamara made an MBE for services to football, anti-racism and charity
  • Iconic Spurs goalkeeper and former PFA Player of the Year winner, Pat Jennings made a CBE

Members of the England women's football team have been honoured in the New Year Honours List, following their victory at Euro 2022. 

Leading the way is team captain Leah Williamson, who has been awarded an OBE for her efforts in lifting the Euro trophy at Wembley in front of a record-breaking crowd. Joining her in receiving recognition are her teammates Lucy Bronze, Beth Mead, and Ellen White, who have all been made MBEs.

Arsenal's Mead, had a standout tournament and was named the best player and top scorer. White, meanwhile, was a crucial figure in the team's attack before her retirement in August. Bronze, a right-back with Barcelona, was voted the world's best player in 2020.

England's head coach, Sarina Wiegman, also earned recognition, receiving a CBE on the Overseas List. She expressed her gratitude, saying, "I feel very proud to represent them as England's head coach. I would also like to share my congratulations to Leah, Beth, Ellen, and Lucy, their recognition is a reflection of a brilliant 12 months for the whole squad and the excellent work they all do on and off the pitch."

In addition to the Lionesses' playing quartet, the captains of Wales and Scotland, Sophie Ingle and Kim Little, have been made an OBE and MBE, respectively. Scotland and Liverpool's Andy Robertson has also been made an MBE for his services to football, charity, and young people.

Jen Beattie, who plays for Arsenal and Scotland, has received an MBE for her contributions to football and charity, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020. She expressed her excitement, "It's something I never even dreamed of or expected, it's just an incredible feeling."

Former footballer and manager Chris Kamara, known for his work as a pundit and presenter on Sky Sports, is also made an MBE for his work in football, anti-racism, and charity. Tottenham's legendary goalkeeper and former PFA Player of the Year winner, Pat Jennings, has been appointed a CBE for services to association football and charity.

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