Chelsea Ladies midfielder Karen Carney has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to football.
Carney has amassed more than 100 England caps since her debut for the national team in 2005. She joined Chelsea ahead of the 2016 Women’s Super League season and was named our Player of the Year at its end, a crucial cog in the team that finished second in the league and reached the Women’s FA Cup final.
‘I'm just overwhelmed and it's an amazing honour - truly blessed,’ said the 29-year-old. ‘I mean there are thousands of people in women's football who don't get on the map and to receive that for services to women's football is a massive honour.
‘But there are loads of other people that could have got it as well, but I'm just really, really thankful for everyone who has always supported me and helped me on my journey.’
Prior to her move to Chelsea, Carney won honours at Birmingham City, her hometown club, and Arsenal. She has also played in America during her illustrious career, and she was a member of the Team GB women’s side that competed at the 2012 Olympics.
It completes an excellent 2016 for Chelsea Ladies, with manager Emma Hayes also awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.