Southgate, Kane, Cook on Queen’s list for honours

first_imgLONDON (AP): England coach Gareth Southgate and his captain Harry Kane have been rewarded in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year honours list on the back of the team’s surprise run to the World Cup semi-finals. Away from football, Geraint Thomas, who won cycling’s Tour de France in July and was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year earlier this month, gets an OBE, while former England cricket captain Alastair Cook and ex-England rugby skipper Bill Beaumont received knighthoods. After decades of disappointment at major tournaments, England’s football team matched its best overseas World Cup performance earlier this year. The 48-year-old Southgate was key to the surprise display in Russia, changing the culture of the team, with their run followed by progress to the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals. He received an OBE Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Kane, honoured with an MBE Member of the Order of the British Empire, won the Golden Boot after finishing top scorer at the World Cup. The 25-year-old striker netted six goals as Southgate’s side reached the final four, and he has also shone throughout the year for high-flying Tottenham. “It’s quite surreal,” Kane said. “It’s been a great year for club and country. It’s hard to put into words. I’m very passionate about our country, very patriotic.” Outgoing Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore becomes a CBE Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to football, and former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg gets an OBE. The 86-year-old Gregg survived the Munich air disaster in 1958. Four-time Ashes winner Cook, 34, becomes the first England cricketer to be given a ‘Sir’ prefix since Ian Botham in 2007. He retired from internationals this year, scoring a 33rd Test century on his final appearance against India at The Oval. Cook has compiled more Test centuries and runs 12,472 than any other England player during a record 161 Tests.last_img read more