Exclusive: Ian St John hails Jimmy Greaves, who is set to receive an MBE

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Ian St John has led the acclaim for Jimmy Greaves after it emerged that his great friend, former opponent and on-screen partner is finally set to receive a British honour. Sources have confirmed to Telegraph Sport that Greaves, the greatest goalscorer in English football history, will be awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list alongside Ron Flowers, who was also part of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad. It will ensure that all living members of Sir Alf Ramsey’s squad have at least an MBE and, while many in football believe that Greaves’s achievements merit a knighthood, it does belatedly address the biggest sporting anomaly in the honour’s system. St John who, with Greaves, presented ITV’s iconic Saint and Greavsie show from 1985 until 1992 told Telegraph Sport that he was thrilled to hear the news. “I am delighted - it would be so much deserved and couldn’t happen to a nicer fella,” said St John, who is now 82 and won five major trophies with Liverpool in the 1960s. “Jimmy gave wonderful enjoyment to football fans and was then on the television for years giving entertainment and fun to people. He is quite simply one of the greatest players to have ever kicked a football."

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