Tony Carr, the West Ham academy director honoured with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday List, has brought through no less than seven members of the current England World Cup squad.
The 'Magnificent Seven' of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand all passed through his hands.
Carr, 59, told Press Association Sport: "This was so unexpected - when I saw a letter from HM Government drop through the letter box I thought I must have driven in the bus lane! My reaction was one of disbelief and I had to read it again to make sure, and it was very humbling, and I am very proud and pleased."
Carr will be watching England's World Cup opener with a special eye on his former charges.
He added: "It's very appropriate for me to have this award announced on the day of England's first match, and certainly there will be an extra significance for me to watch the boys who have passed through my hands.
"It has been a tough and demanding career - and my work is still going on to find the next generation of young players - but when you get the success it makes it all worthwhile."
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