Alan Shearer received his CBE at Buckingham Palace from the Duke of Cambridge who is President of the FA.
Alan received the OBE from the Queen back in 2001 and the CBE is one level below a knighthood.
Alan Shearer receiving CBE from the Duke of Cambridge today
First of all from that photo above, it looks like the Duke of Cambridge would have made a pretty good center-back in his time.
Alan was awarded the CBE for the vast work he has done with charities since he retired from Newcastle United in 2006.
This is what Alan said via his Twitter account after the ceremony.
Very honoured and proud to receive my CBE today in recognition of my charity work. Thank you to everyone who supports me. ?????? pic.twitter.com/3P0NHCRu8D
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 6, 2016
And then Alan talked about the new England manager Gareth Southgate:
“I’m pleased that we have given it to a young, up-and-coming, energetic manager, who has played international football over 50 times and who has played in major tournaments.”
“I really want him to do well. I hope he can do well and he deserves it, because he is hard-working, honest and dedicated.”
We like Gareth as a person so this is by no mean personal, but what has he ever done in football management to warrant the job as the England manager.
There’s a huge difference from playing the game and managing a team – it’s a completely different job.
Gareth had a mediocre stint at Middlesbrough from 2006 to 2009 when he took Middlesbrough down in May,2009 and then in October of that year he was fired.
Since 2013 he’s been in the Ivory tower of coaching England youth teams – specifically the U21 side.
Moving on – Alan has also talked today to ITV about the sad case of sexual abuse among young footballers that’s coming to light.
“I was saddened to hear so many people coming forward but commend their bravery and honesty.”
“The more people that can do that then the better it will be for everyone and kids in the future, so it was really honest and really brave of them.”
“In doing so I’m pretty sure they are helping a lot of people by doing that.”
Alan is a TV analyst on Match of the Day and he has a very active Twitter account.
Alan was never short of courage on the pitch and it looks like he will use his name and standing in the game not only ensure his charity work is even more successful in the future, but also to speak out on sensitive issues like sexual abuse.
Good for him.
For fans outside of the UK here’s what a CBE stands for and what is it:
CBE stands for Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and is a rank in the royal honors system of the United Kingdom.
A CBE is one step below a knighthood, and generally given for leadership or exemplary service at the regional or national level.