Sol Campbell demands honour and rants he was ‘the best defender in the world’

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    Sol Campbell listed his footballing achievements on Twitter after being snubbed from the New Year Honours list.

    England trio Beth Mead, Ellen White and Lucy Bronze were all awarded with an MBE, while Lionesses captain Leah Williamson received an OBE for her role in the Lionesses’ European Championship triumph. However, Campbell is yet to receive an honour, despite playing a key role in Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ Premier League triumph and making 73 appearances for England.

    And the former central defender was evidently very frustrated by his snubbing from the New Year awards, as he produced a litany of his achievements on Twitter in response.

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    “I’ve seen a lot of people get MBE OBE Sir’s for services to sport I will put my name down reasons why,” Campbell wrote on social media. “First is the 56 games without losing , [it] is a record.

    “Two, invincible Arsenal team 49 games without losing, a record. Three, first black player to score in World Cup Final(s) for England! Four, first black captain to lift a cup at Wembley. Five, first black English speaking player to score in a champions league final.

    “Six, I played two decades and over 500 games in the premiership. Seven, stood up for racism in football here and abroad! Eight, only English player to play in six consecutive tournaments for England.

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    “Nine, got into the World Cup best team 1998 and 2002 and one European team 2004 so at one stage I was pound for pound the best defender in the world. How many English men can say that?”

    Campbell became the first black player to score in the World Cup for England when he scored against Sweden in the 2002 finals. He also won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup, and scored for the Gunners in the 2006 Champions League final.

    He also played a pivotal role in Portsmouth’s shock FA Cup triumph in 2008 after he moved on from the Gunners. His most recent football venture was the 23 matches he oversaw for now National League side Southend United.

    Current England captain Harry Kane received an MBE for services to football in 2019 after winning the Golden Boot in the 2018 World Cup, while fellow teammate Marcus Rashford also received an MBE for services to vulnerable children in 2021, after he successfully campaigned for the government to allow around 1.3million children to receive free school meals during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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