The Lionesses’ Jill Scott and Wales Women’s Loren Dykes were among recipients of MBEs in the New Year Honours list.
Manchester City midfielder, Jill Scott, is close to making her 150th apperance for England, scoring 25 goals.
She told mancity.com: “When I received a call from the Cabinet Office earlier this month, I was really worried I had done something wrong — that I hadn’t paid a parking fine or something like that.
“I was in shock. I was with my partner, Shelly, shopping for our Christmas tree and I think I dropped half the baubles. That didn’t go down too well. I was just in shock.
“I feel very honoured, but it also seems surreal. I’m just a young girl from Sunderland who fell in love with a game called football. Hopefully it can be an acceptance on behalf of all women’s football.”
In April, Loren Dykes became only the second ever player, male or female, to reach 100 caps for Wales and has not missed a competitive international match for more than three years. The Bristol City captain is a UEFA A Licence coach, works with Wales U-15 girls and was an ambassador for the 2019 Homeless World Cup held in Cardiff in July.
Gabby Logan also receives an MBE for services to sports broadcasting and promoting women’s sport.
FA director of Women’s Football, Susan Campbell, is made a dame and there’s an OBE for Rose Reilly, a former Scotland international who went on to play professionally for ACF Milan and even be capped 22 times by Italy.