New York City midfielder Frank Lampard expressed his pride after it was announced he would receive an OBE for the 36-year-old’s services to sport.
The 106-cap England international, who played in three FIFA World Cups for the Three Lions, was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, having won 14 trophies in an illustrious career.
Lampard, who is set to play in the American Major League Soccer, spent last season on loan at Manchester City, after racking up 429 appearances for Chelsea during his 13 years at Stamford Bridge, in where he scored 147 times.
The club’s all-time top goalscorer captained the Blues to UEFA Champions League glory in 2012, as well as winning three English Premier League titles, four English FA Cups, two English League Cups, and the UEFA Europa League in 2013.
The West Ham United academy product told reporters: “I am delighted to receive this huge honour. I feel very fortunate to have had such a long and fulfilling career in football.
“This is an extremely proud moment for myself and my family.”
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has also been awarded an OBE for his services to Welsh sport, while former England women’s captain Casey Stoney and former Sunderland goalkeeper Jim Montgomery have been honoured with an MBE and British Empire Medal, respectively.