After reaching the fourth place in the World Cup in Russia, being it the best campaign since 1990, when they also finished in fourth place, the England team will have two of its members awarded an honor granted by the British royal family.
The striker Harry Kane and the coach Gareth Southgate will both receive the medals of Member of the Most Outstanding Order of the British Empire and Officer of the Most Outstanding Order of the British Empire. This kind of recognition was granted to civilians and people who supported British combatants at the time of the First World War.
The announcement came last Friday (28th). About the nomination, Southgate has shown great happiness in getting recognition in the season, being it the second this year, after he was named the Coach of the Year for the Sports Personality Award of 2018.
“I am an incredibly proud English, to have the opportunity to represent my country as a player more than 50 times and to lead the team at a World Cup was a privilege. I hope everyone who has supported me throughout my career feels proud of me for achieving this honor because I would not be here without their support and help.” the coach told the English Football Federation.
Kane, on the other hand, spoke on Twitter and expressed gratitude for the recognition of the effort and commitment in the World Cup, in which he scored six goals and finished the campaign as a top scorer.
“I’m 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 couldn’t do it without the teammates, family, and friends I’ve got around me. Thank you.” thanked the captain of the national team.
It was a deserved prize for two people that made the English team once again competitive and maybe we are going to see England going further in next years’ competitions, especially because of them.