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The two English national football players Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are honored with the British Order of Knights.
30-year-old Henderson received the "Member of the British Empire" (MBE) award for special service to football and charity during the corona pandemic.
The 26-year-old Sterling is recognized for his commitment to equality and against racism in sport.
The MBE is the lowest of the five levels of the order.
Henderson, captain of Liverpool FC, is committed to supporting the National Health Service (NHS) in the wake of the Corona crisis.
"I dedicate my award to all the nurses, doctors, carers, administrators, cleaners and security guards, and everyone who dedicates their lives and careers to making the NHS the part of British life we are rightly proud of" said the midfielder.
Manchester City attacker Sterling has set up a foundation for underprivileged children, among other things.
“If I can change a life or two as a result, I will have achieved a great deal.
If you want to change something, you have to start with yourself, ”said the winger.
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