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New Year Honours For England Heroes Harry Kane And Gareth Southgate

Harry Kane has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours while Gareth Southgate receives the OBE
Harry Kane has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours while Gareth Southgate receives the OBE

Two of the driving forces behind England's run to the semi-finals of the World Cup have been honoured by the Queen in the New Year Honours.

Boss Gareth Southgate has received the OBE while skipper and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane gets the MBE.

The pair have been widely credited for restoring pride in the English national team and their behaviour on and off the pitch has earned their global admiration.

"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," Southgate said.

"I hope that everybody that 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."

Twenty-five-year-old Kane won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia and he continued his good form at club level, helping Spurs to their current lofty perch of second in the Premier League.

Kane tweeted: "I am very passionate about our country and very patriotic so to get an MBE makes me immensely proud. It has been a great year for club and country. It shows hard work pays off but I could not do it without the team-mates, family and friends I have got around me. Thank you."

Naturally, awards for two of England's heroes did not go down particularly well with fans of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who vented their collective spleens on Twitter about the accolades.

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