Alan Shearer was eager to "give something back" after being awarded CBE
Alan Shearer has spoken of the satisfaction he takes from being able "to give something back" after it was announced he will be made a CBE on the Queen's Honours Birthday list.
The former and England and Newcastle captain is honoured for his charitable services to the community in the north-east alongside England cricketers Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad. Both are being recognised for their services to cricket; England captain Cook with a CBE and Broad with an MBE.
"I had to keep it quiet for a couple of months," Shearer told BBC Sport. "It's been hard work keeping it quiet from the rest of my family and friends, but it's a great time and I'm absolutely delighted. It's been so surprising.
"It's not just myself, it's a lot of hard work that goes on with my particular charity, the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle, a lot of it has been for that so I'm absolutely delighted.
"I had to give something back, I think that was very important. Footballers get a lot of criticism nowadays for not giving enough back. I had my testimonial in 2006 and gave that money away to set up my foundation, and it's gone on from strength to strength."
Davis Cup winners Leon Smith and Jamie Murray and rugby union referee Nigel Owens are also honoured.
Murray and Smith are to be made OBEs for their services to tennis - Murray also for his services to charity - while Welshman Owens is to be made an MBE for his services to sport.
"It's humbling," Davis Cup captain Smith told Press Association Sport. "It's something that, if I turn back the clock, many years ago you'd think 'How's that even close to being possible?'
"A very average tennis player who started out on a coaching journey and then suddenly we're doing something as a team that gripped British fans. It's a huge privilege, it really is."
Murray, who joins his younger brother Andy in winning an OBE, is yet to tell his decorated sibling.
"I don't think Andy knows," he said. "I didn't obviously expect it or anything like that. It's exciting, a huge honour for me to receive that."
Recognition of Owens' achievements came on the same day that he is to become the world's most capped referee when he takes charge of his 71st international, between Fiji and Tonga in Suva.
He came out as gay in 2007, before establishing himself as his sport's most recognisable official, and said: "Rugby has enabled me to be who I am and I hope that talking about my off-field experiences such as coming out and depression helps other people come to terms with their own personal battles.
"I would like to thank the Welsh Rugby Union and all of the rugby community for their support, especially through the difficult years."
Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes leads the list of women being honoured. She is to be awarded an MBE for services to football, having last year led her team to a league and FA Cup double.
"It came as a great surprise to receive an MBE and it is a true honour for me and my family," she told Chelsea's official club website.
"I would like to thank everyone who has worked with me throughout my career as without their support I would not have achieved the success I have."
Further MBEs are to be awarded to agent Rachel Anderson for her services to gender equality in football, sitting volleyball player and Paralympian Martine Wiltshire for services to sport, the co-founder of Women in Football and sports journalist Anna Kessel for services to journalism and women's sport, England Ladies assistant manager Marieanne Spacey for services to football, and UK Anti-Doping's Richard Driscoll for services to anti-doping in sport.
Middlesbrough Football Club's long-serving owner Steve Gibson will be made an OBE for services to the economy, sport and community on Teesside, as will Welsh Rugby Union president Dennis Gethin for services to Welsh rugby.
Retired jockey Hayley Turner, in recognition of her services to horse racing, and Williams team deputy principal Claire Williams, for services to Formula One, conclude the list of those receiving OBEs.