Leah Williamson among Lionesses recognised in New Year honours list

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England skipper Leah Williamson is 1 of 4 Euro 2022 winners to beryllium recognised successful the New Year honours list.

The Arsenal defender lifted the Lionesses’ archetypal large trophy aft the team’s 2-1 extra-time defeat of Germany astatine Wembley to gain the lone portion of silverware for an England elder broadside since the men’s team’s World Cup triumph successful 1966. The 25-year-old becomes an OBE, portion her teammates Beth Mead, Ellen White and Lucy Bronze person been awarded MBEs.

Williamson’s Arsenal teammate Mead was named the subordinate of the tourney successful the summertime aft scoring six goals and providing 5 assists to gain the aureate boot. She finished arsenic the runner-up to Spain’s Alexia Putellas successful voting for the Ballon d’Or successful October and became the archetypal pistillate footballer to beryllium named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

White precocious announced she is large pursuing her status from playing aft the final. The Lionesses’ all-time grounds goalscorer deed the backmost of the nett doubly during the Euros to instrumentality her tally to 52. Barcelona right-back Bronze, who precocious earned her 100th England headdress and was named Fifa’s Best subordinate of the twelvemonth successful 2020, scored successful the 4-0 semi-final decision of Sweden.

Beth Mead, who won BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022, has been made MBE.
Beth Mead, who won BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022, has been made an MBE. Photograph: David Davies/PA

More than 1,700 radical person signed a change.org petition calling for each of England’s Euro 2022 winners to beryllium recognised with astatine slightest an MBE. However, Sir Hugh Robertson, seat of the parliamentary committee that oversees sports honours, said: “There’s a information successful … carpet-bombing the full squad, due to the fact that past you get radical who’ve done 5 minutes connected the transportation and get an award. So what we’ve tried to bash is instrumentality to the rule of the honours, which is to recognise excellence and … bonzer contributions.”

The Lionesses are not the lone pistillate footballers to beryllium recognised, with the Wales and Chelsea midfielder Sophie Ingle becoming an OBE. The erstwhile Northern Ireland skipper Gail Redmond and the Scottish duo of Kim Little and Jen Beattie, some of Arsenal, besides go MBEs.

Beattie has been honoured for services to shot and charity. The player, who has won 143 caps, was diagnosed with bosom crab successful 2020 and has since used her platform to promote women to get checked. She was awarded the Helen Rollason BBC Sports Personality of the Year grant successful 2021 for her efforts.

Other notable sporting names successful the New Year honours database see the Commonwealth Games England president and erstwhile heptathlete Denise Lewis, who becomes a dame, and the erstwhile Arsenal, Tottenham and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings, who becomes a CBE. Scotland skipper and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has been recognised with an MBE for services to football, foundation and young people.