The Queen is expected to honour England captain Leah Williamson and star forward Beth Mead if the Lionesses win the Euro 2022 title.
On Wednesday night, the hosts qualified for the first Euros final since 2009, with Mead among the scorers as England defeated Sweden 4-0 at Bramall Lane.
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The forward is the leading scorer at Euro 2022, having increased her tournament tally to six goals with the opener against the Swedes, matching the record set by former Germany striker Inka Grings.
According to The Telegraph, Mead and her Arsenal teammate Williamson will be awarded an MBE, OBE, or CBE if the Lionesses defeat Germany in Sunday’s final at Wembley.
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Per reports, winning England’s first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup would rank equally with winning the Rugby or Cricket World Cups.
Williamson would be honoured in the same way as 50-over World Cup-winning captains Eoin Morgan and Heather Knight, with the men’s and women’s skippers receiving CBEs and OBEs, respectively.
Meanwhile, Mead could add a similar honour to the Golden Boot she is expected to win before the final.
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Sarina Wiegman, the Dutch coach for England, would also be qualified for such a distinction, but her nationality disqualifies her.
However, she could still receive an honorary gong if both the 52-year-old and Holland agree on her acceptance.
Source: Daily Mail