Casey Stoney receives a standing Ovation from team-mates and fans Picture: Arsenalpics.com
Arsenal and England defender Casey Stoney was recently awarded an MBE for services to football in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
She began her career at Arsenal in 1999 and enjoyed spells with Charlton Athletic, Chelsea and Lincoln before re-joining the Gunners in January 2014.
Stoney told Arsenal.com How honoured she felt, she also thanked her squad and Arsene wenger for giving her the opportunity to play for Arsenal football club.
Her team-mates gave her fantastic reception when they found out she will be honoured with the MBE.
She had this to say:
“They were amazing, my team-mates are incredible,” she told Arsenal.com. “I got a standing ovation in the dinner hall on the day it was announced.
“They’re part of it, because without them this journey doesn’t happen. I am a massive believer that everyone contributes to everything you do and team-mates are an important part of that.
“I was completely shocked at first because I wasn’t expecting it. Once I got over the shock I was just really overwhelmed and massively proud. It’s a huge thing for my family and for anyone that’s ever worked with me and believed in me.”
The defender, who is currently representing the Three Lions in the World Cup in Canada, is a former captain of her country and skippered Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. She joins the likes of Arsene Wenger in having the MBE.