Sol Campbell rants on Twitter after he was not named in the New Year Honours list, as the former England star claims he was once 'pound for pound the best defender in the world' in a list of reasons he should have been recognised

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Sol Campbell rants on Twitter after he was not named in the New Year Honours list, as the former England star claims he was once 'pound for pound the best defender in the world' in a list of reasons he should have been recognised

  • Sol Campbell has questioned why he wasn't named in the New Year Honours list
  • He posted a list of his sporting achievements on twitter to justify his complaint
  • Campbell claimed he was once ' pound for pound the best defender in the world' 
  • A number of England women's Euros winning squad were named on the list 

Sol Campbell has posted a list of his footballing achievements on twitter in outrage after not being named in this year's New Year Honours list.

The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender said he has seen 'a lot of people' getting MBEs, OBEs and knighthoods for services to sport, and made it clear he felt he should be among them.

Other footballing stars did make the list, with Leah Williamson, Beth Mead, Ellen White and Lucy Bronze all recognised after their role in the Lionesses' triumph at the Euros.

Sol Campbell has questioned why he was not named in the New Year Honours list

Sol Campbell has questioned why he was not named in the New Year Honours list

Sol Campbell has questioned why he was not named in the New Year Honours list

The defender played for Arsenal and Tottenham in an illustrious two decade career

The defender played for Arsenal and Tottenham in an illustrious two decade career 

The list did face some criticism, as fans argued that more of Sarina Wiegman's side should have been named after their historic win. 

Campbell gave eight reasons why he should have made the cut, as he

'I’ve seen a lot of people get MBE OBE Sir’s for services to sport I will put my name down reasons why! 

'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 for England!'

The 48-year-old claimed he was once ' pound for pound the best defender in the world'

The 48-year-old claimed he was once ' pound for pound the best defender in the world'

He posted a list of his sporting achievements on twitter to justify his complaint

He posted a list of his sporting achievements on twitter to justify his complaint

The third point left some fans scratching their heads as Campbell never played in a World Cup final, although his only England goal did come at the World Cup finals against Sweden in 2002.

He continued: '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!'

England women's captain Leah Williamson will receive an OBE after the Lionesses' Euros win

 England women's captain Leah Williamson will receive an OBE after the Lionesses' Euros win

'Eight, only English player to play in six consecutive tournaments for England. 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's rant was labelled 'bizarre' by one fan, while another added: 'This is what happens when you surround yourself with people who don't challenge your laughable opinions.'

One noticeable absence from the 48-year-old list of achievements was his brief management career, which most recently of saw him depart Southend in 2020 as they were relegated after winning just four of 23 games under him.

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