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Ex-Sunderland striker Defoe and Newcastle manager Dalglish honoured at Buckingham Palace

Jermain Defoe with his OBE. Credit: PA Images

Two big names from North East football have received honours at Buckingham Palace.

Former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has been given an OBE and ex-Newcastle United manager Kenny Dalglish became Sir Kenny after receiving his knighthood.

Jermain Defoe received an OBE for services to his foundation.

He dedicated it to Bradley Lowery, a six-year-old Sunderland fan who died after a short battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer last year.

Defoe, who now plays for Bournemouth, met Bradley Lowery during his time on Wearside.

The pair forged a strong friendship with Defoe attending several events with Bradley in his final few months.

Defoe's foundation was launched in 2010 after a hurricane in St Lucia, the Caribbean island his grandparents came from.

He tweeted: "I would like to dedicate this amazing day and this OBE to my best friend, Bradley, my family and everyone else behind the scenes."

Defoe played for Sunderland between 2015-17.

Sir Kenny Dalglish said he was "humbled" to receive a knighthood for an outstanding football career and supporting Liverpool's fans in their darkest hour.

Known as King Kenny on Merseyside, the former player and manager said it was his duty to "turn supporter" and help Liverpool families in the aftermath of the Hillsborough football tragedy in 1989.

Sir Kenny was dubbed a knight by the Prince of Wales during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony for services to football, charity and the city of Liverpool.

He was the Scottish international striker who became a star of English football when he filled the gap left by the departing Liverpool hero Kevin Keegan at Anfield after a trophy-laden spell at Celtic.

He went on to become a Kop legend, winning three European Cups and six league titles with the club.

As a manager he performed the rare feat of winning top-flight league championship titles with two different clubs, Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers.

Sir Kenny managed the Magpies from 1997-98, again replacing Kevin Keegan.

Speaking about becoming a Sir, he said: "

Sir Kenny Dalglish, with his family. Credit: PA Images

You feel humble. When you start off in your life, what do you want? You just want to play football.

And when you play football, what do you want to do? You want to try and be successful, be a professional footballer, try and win something."

– Sir Kenny Dalglish