Taylor retired from football management in may after a 36 year career in the game, including coaching spells at Lincoln, Watford, Aston Villa and Wolves.

He was appointed England manager in 1990, succeeding Bobby Robson, after great success in management with Watford, who he took through the divisions to he runners-up spot in the old Football League Division One, and then Aston Villa.

Under Taylor's managment, England qualified for the European Championship Finals in 1992, but failed to get beyond the group stage there, and then missed out on qualification for the 1994 World Cup Finals.

"Whatever people might say, when you become England manager, that has to be the highlight of my career," Taylor said. "There have only been about 10 England managers, so when you accept the job, it is a very, very proud moment.

"I'm very honoured by this award, and like a lot of people, probably very surprised as well. I'm very pleased and I know how much it means to me and my family - my parents, my wife and my daughters."

Other football honours went to Liverpool star and former Scotland captain Gary McAllister, who gets an MBE for services to football, and former Manchester City goalkeeper Alex Williams, who is now football development officer at the club.