Harry Kane awarded MBE while Gareth Southgate gets OBE in New Year Honours list
Harry Kane has been awarded an MBE for services to football in the Queen's New Year Honours following his World Cup heroics in Russia
Kane finished as the tournament's top scorer in the summer with six goals as England made it to the semi-finals - their best performance at a World Cup in nearly three decades.
“It’s quite surreal, really,” the Tottenham striker has admitted. “It’s been a great year for club and country. It’s hard to put into words really.
“I’m very passionate about our country, very patriotic and going back to England, it shows how good the summer was for the whole nation, not just from my point of view, but what it did bringing everyone together.
“I’m extremely proud to be a part of that and obviously thankful to all my team-mates, all my coaches at Tottenham, England, Mauricio, Gareth (Southgate), all the staff, the guys as well – without them I wouldn’t be scoring the goals and getting these accolades.”
England's run to the last four in Russia has also seen Kane's international manager, Gareth Southgate, receive an OBE.
"I’m an incredibly proud Englishman so having had the opportunity to have represented my country as a player more than 50 times and then to manage the team at a World Cup has been an absolute privilege," he said.
"I hope that everybody who has supported me throughout my career feels pride in the fact that I’ve received this honour because I wouldn’t be in this position without that help and guidance."