The Lionesses dominated the New Year’s Honours list for a second year running with Mary Earps one of three players recognised for helping England reach the World Cup final.
Goalkeeper Earps, who won the golden glove at the tournament, has been made MBE alongside Lauren Hemp, who finished as England’s joint top scorer with three goals. Millie Bright, who captained the team, has been made OBE.
Their recognition follows Leah Williamson, Lucy Bronze, Ellen White and Beth Mead’s honours on last year’s list after their triumph at the European Championship.
Earps’ award caps off a stellar 2023 after being crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year earlier this month. The 30-year-old won the FIFA Best goalkeeper award in February before earning the golden glove at the World Cup. She also finished fifth in the Ballon d’Or, the highest position for a female goalkeeper, and was named England player of the year.
‘I just want to say how honoured and grateful I am to have been given this honour,’ Bright said. ‘It’s a moment I will treasure with my loved ones forever. I feel extremely lucky, as many people could be in my position right now.
Mary Earps (left) and Stuart Broad (right) are among those included in New Year’s Honours list
The list is dominated by England’s Lionesses with Earps (second from right), Millie Bright (far right) and Lauren Hemp (second from left) all collecting honours after a World Cup final run
Earps rose to stardom at the tournament and she has had a stellar 2023 with multiple gongs
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‘It’s amazing to be recognised for my work in a sport that I love and adore and do everything in my power to be successful at, but also to grow the game for the next generation.
‘I want to dedicate this honour to my family for all their sacrifices, that allow me to be where I am today, but also to my coaches and team mates. Congratulations to my team-mates on your Honours too, I am incredibly proud of you.’
There was also recognition for Mail Sport columnist Stuart Broad, who has been made CBE after retiring from cricket in August.
Broad ended a glittering career by taking the final Australian wicket to ensure the close-fought Ashes series was drawn.
‘My love of cricket provided me with memories that will last a lifetime,’ Broad told Mail Sport.
‘To have had the career that I was able to enjoy and to receive honours like this is incredibly special.
‘I’m very proud that my contributions to the sport have been recognised, and it means a lot to me and my family.’
Broad, an England cricket icon and Mail Sport columnist, has been recognised after retiring
Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner has been awarded a CBE in the honours list
Elsewhere, Ron Dennis, former owner and founder of the McLaren Group, has been awarded a knighthood for services to industry and charity.
Former Leeds Rhinos players Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow have both been made CBE for services to Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Sinfield completed seven ultra marathons in seven days, raising £825,000 for people affected with the illness. Burrow was diagnosed with MND in 2019.
Television presenter Jeff Stelling has been made MBE for services to sport, broadcasting and charity.
Stelling left his role as host of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday this year after a 30-year association with the programme.
Television and radio presenter Jeff Stelling has been recognised, in part, for his charity work
Sir Bill Beaumont, the former England rugby captain, has been recognised with the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire for services to rugby union and charity.
Also on the list is former England cricketer Marcus Trescothick, who has been awarded OBE for services to mental health and ex-Scotland Rugby captain Stuart Hogg, who has been made MBE.
Christian Horner, chief executive of Red Bull Racing, has been made OBE for services to Motor Sport while former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has been made CBE for services to football and Prevention of Gambling Harm.