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England pair Henderson and Sterling are awarded MBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

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England stars Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson along with Roy Hodgson, Sue Barker and Kevin Sinfield are among the leading names from the world of sport to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Current Three Lions internationals Henderson and Sterling both receive MBEs ahead of England's Euro 2020 opener against Croatia on Sunday.

Liverpool captain Henderson, a Champions League and Premier League winner in the last two years, receives his for his sporting exploits but also in recognition of his part in forming a charitable fund, Players Together, which supported NHS good causes during the first coronavirus pandemic lockdown last spring.

Sterling, who has won three Premier League titles with Manchester City, receives his honour for services to racial equality in sport, having spoken out candidly on the issue of racism within the game.

Former Olympians Jeanette Kwakye and Melanie Marshall are honoured with MBEs, while former NBA basketball star Luol Deng, who settled in London after escaping a civil war in his native South Sudan, receives an OBE.Those working to make sport a more diverse place are also well represented.

Rimla Akhtar, the co-founder of the Muslim Women In Sport Network, receives an OBE for services to equality and diversity in sport.

Leon Mann, founder of the Black Collective of Media in Sport which aims to bring greater diversity to sports media, is made an MBE. Advertisement.

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