Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer is to be honoured for his charity work.
The Premier League’s all-time top scorer is to be made a CBE by FA president the Duke of Cambridge at a Buckingham Palace ceremony on Tuesday.
Shearer, 46, who scored 30 goals in 63 appearances for the Three Lions, captaining the side 34 times, was given the award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June for his charitable services to the community in his native North East.
Speaking in June when the honours were announced he said: “I am very honoured and humbled by this award.
“Since retiring from football and donating my testimonial money to charity, I have made it my priority over the last decade to give up my time to help raise money for the less fortunate including setting up my own Foundation to fund the Alan Shearer Disability centre in the UK.
“The North East is my heartland and I have been lucky enough to fulfil my boyhood dream to play for my home town club and represent my national team.
Shearer already held an OBE which was awarded in 2001 for his services to football.
“In the years ahead I will therefore continue to make it my priority to help give something back to the region and country that has served me so well.
“I am personally delighted to be recognised for my charity work in this way.”
He remained at St James’ Park for a decade, eventually breaking Jackie Milburn’s long-standing scoring record as he reached 206 goals for the club.
Following retirement as a player, Shearer has continued his involvement in the game, as well as working with such charities as NSPCC and Sport Relief.
He also founded the Alan Shearer Academy Scholarship, which is intended to help the development of promising young players in the Newcastle region.