England players Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have been awarded MBEs for their work on the football field and beyond.
Raheem Sterling has been awarded an MBE for his services to racial equality in sport, with England team-mate Jordan Henderson similarly recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Manchester City winger has campaigned consistently against racism in football, most notably since a social media post in December 2018 after he was abused during a match at Chelsea.
Sterling highlighted the contrast in certain aspects of media coverage given to black and white footballers and was widely praised for making his feelings public.
He has since leant his weight to initiatives such as the United Nations #FightRacism campaign, along with launching his own charitable foundation.
“Receiving this honour is a fantastic feeling and a proud moment – not just for myself but for my family and friends,” the 26-year-old said.
“I am grateful to have been recognised but my priority is to try to help to educate society and myself. If it doesn’t start from within, then there’s no way you can help others. I’m learning every day.
“My motivation for racial equality is to get people to understand the difficulties people from diverse backgrounds face and create an environment where everybody is equal.
“I’m just trying to create an environment where everyone is equal.”