England Women's captain Steph Houghton has received an MBE during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The 28-year-old, from Durham, had been named in the Queen's New Year Honours list and was given her award today for services to women's football.
Speaking earlier in the year about her MBE award, the Manchester City Women's captain said:
Former Sunderland Ladies boss Mick Mulhern says he's proud of the five North East girls in the England Women's squad who have made it to the Women's World Cup Semi-Finals in Canada.
The Lionesses face Japan tonight in the second Semi-Final at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Captain Steph Houghton, from Durham, Jill Scott, from Sunderland, Lucy Bronze, from Northumberland, Jordon Nobbs, from Stockton and Carly Telford, from Newcastle, could all feature.
Mulhern, who stepped down from his role as Sunderland Ladies manager in November 2014 after spending 15 years with the club, also had some advice for his former players.
Lee Sanders, Durham Women FC General Manager, says that although the team lost to Sunderland Ladies he is delighted with how the match went.
Rob Atkin, Durham Women Head Coach, says the girls were really disappointed but that Sunderland were always going to be a strong team.
Claire Robinson, SAFC Ladies Head Coach, says the team were nervous for the game against Durham Women but the support was great and they're happy with the win.
Sunderland Ladies took the Derby honours on the opening night of the FA Women's Super League. They beat local rivals Durham Women FC by 4 goals to 2 in a second division clash at New Ferens Park.