England pair Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have been named MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honors 2021.
Former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson, who left Crystal Palace after a successful four-year stint at the end of the 2020/21 Premier League season, has received a CBE for his brilliant service to football.
Manchester City forward Sterling has been honored for racial equality in sport, with Liverpool captain Henderson receiving an MBE for services rendered to football and charity, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hodgson receives a CBE for services rendered to football. The 73-year-old was England manager from 2012 to 2016.
Midfielder Henderson, 30, helped guide the Reds to Champions League success in 2019 and the Premier League title in the disrupted 2019-20 campaign.
Off the pitch, he has also played a leading role in the #PlayersTogether initiative, which was announced in early April last year at the height of the coronavirus pandemic which has seen football and other sports. stop.
The Premier League Captains worked together to help establish a joint contribution fund which was directed to the NHS Charities Together group for distribution to good causes working to provide support to NHS staff and patients.
Henderson said he was “humbled” by the award and insisted he was only part of a movement among his Premier League counterparts, and he dedicated his honor to the staff of the NHS.
After thanking those who made the initiative a success, he said: “But the real heroes are the NHS staff. They put themselves in danger to serve and protect us.
‘Therefore I dedicate this to all the nurses, doctors, caregivers, porters, administrative workers, cleaners, security staff and everyone who dedicates their career and life to making the NHS the part of British life that we are. rightfully proudest as a nation. “
Sterling, who is part of the City squad that won the Premier League title last season and reached the Champions League final against Chelsea, have continued to campaign against racism and discrimination.
The 26-year-old has been the victim of vile online abuse throughout his career for the club and the country.
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Speaking of the reasons why England players will kneel again in the upcoming Euro 2020 final, Sterling expressed his “real disappointment” that some fans did not understand the reasons and booed the gesture when of the last matches.
On his MBE, Sterling added, “I’m grateful to have been recognized, but my priority is to try to help educate society and myself. If it doesn’t start from within, then there is no way to help others. I learn everyday.
“My motivation for racial equality is to get people to understand the challenges faced by people from diverse backgrounds and to create an environment where everyone is equal. I feel that we are starting to take a step in the right direction, but we still have a lot of work to do. “
Hodgson stepped down from his post at Selhurst Park after last season’s final game to mark the end of another chapter in his successful managerial career.