Liverpool midfielder James Milner has been awarded an MBE for his services to charity and football.
The Premier League star was awarded the honour by Prince William yesterday (March 7).
Liverpool’s vice-captain originally set up his charitable foundation ‘The James Milner Foundation‘ eight years ago.
In December 2019, a new milestone was reached for the foundation as they hosted ‘A Night in Hollywood’ themed Ball in Manchester.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp along with some of his players, including Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson, attended the event.
The foundation hit the £1 million milestone after £600,000 was raised in the auction.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo on the Foundation Milner said:
“As well as the four major ones in NSPCC, Help for Heroes, Bloodwise and MNDA, we also support other initiatives in the north, so the last few years we have supported the Liverpool Foundation and put on football camps for kids who can’t afford to go.”
Milner’s career debut came for Leeds United when he was just 16.
A substitute appearance against West Ham United on November 10, 2002.
This at the time made him the second youngest player to play in the Premier League.
— The James Milner Foundation (@JM7Foundation) December 1, 2019
After more than two decades in England, the midfielder has had a successful career.
He lifted the Premier League twice at Manchester City before moving to Liverpool in 2015, where he added an additional league title in 2019-20.
Under Klopp, Milner lifted the Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Milner has 61 caps for England and represented his country at the 2010 South Africa World Cup.
Last season Jurgen Klopp said: “Nothing we have achieved in the last few years would have happened without James Milner, it’s as easy as that.”
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