Former Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard have been awarded the MBE by the Queen.
Jordan Henderson, former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, and ex-boss Roy Hodgson have all been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Henderson has been given an MBE and is presently with the England squad preparing for their Euro 2020 opening against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.
He was honored for his athletic achievements as well as his role in the formation of Players Together, a nonprofit organization that supported NHS good causes during the first coronavirus pandemic lockdown last spring.
Over the last two years, the 30-year-old has led Liverpool to Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup victories.
“My family and I are very humbled to be recognized in this way, especially given the cause behind it,” Henderson said after earning his MBE for services to football and charity. There are numerous benefits to playing professional football, but having a platform to promote charitable organizations like Players Together and NHS Charities Together is one of them.
“Although the honor has been bestowed upon me personally, the credit must be shared among a much bigger group of individuals, and I accept this in the knowledge that I was a part of something great, rather than the reason for it.
“The other Premier League captains were the driving force behind the scenes, as were the rest of the players, including my own Liverpool teammates. A large number of football fans from all throughout the country also contributed generously.
“But it is the NHS personnel who are the heroes; they put themselves in danger to serve and protect us. As a result, I dedicate this to all of the nurses, physicians, carers, porters, admin employees, cleaners, security officers, and every other individual who has dedicated their career and lives to making the NHS the part of British life that we can justifiably be proud of as a nation.”
Henderson is the latest in a long line of Liverpool players to get an MBE, including Kenny Dalglish, who was knighted in 2018, and Ian Rush in 1985. The summary comes to a close.