Women's football in England received a boost when Hope Powell, the coach of the national team, was awarded the Order of the British Empire in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The 35-year-old Powell is rewarded for a lifetime of dedication to women's football. She recently guided England to second place in UEFA Women's Championship Group 4, meaning England will tackle Iceland over two legs this summer for a place in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Powell started on the road to international recognition with Millwall Lionesses at the age of eleven, before playing for Friends of Fulham and Croydon, with whom she won the league and Women's FA Cup double in 1996.
Capped 66 times by England, scoring 35 times, Powell was an instrumental figure in the English side which reached the quarter-finals of the 1995 World Cup in Sweden. In June 1998 she became the Football Association's (FA) first full-time national coach. Powell oversees all England's women's teams, from the senior side down to the Under-17s.
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