England manager Gareth Southgate gets OBE and Harry Kane an MBE in NY Honours

Simon Peach 29/12/2018
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England manager Gareth Southgate has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours, with captain Harry Kane receiving an MBE on the back of the country’s memorable run to the World Cup semi-finals.

After years of disappointment at major tournaments, the Three Lions ripped up the script in Russia to reach the final four and match the country’s best ever performance on foreign soil.

Southgate was key to England’s surprise run to the semi-finals, which came less than two years after being parachuted in as temporary manager following the abrupt exit of Sam Allardyce.

The 48-year-old quickly went about earning the permanent post and changing the culture of the team, with their World Cup run followed by progress to the inaugural Nations League finals in a year that ends with 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,” Southgate said in a statement.

Gareth Southgate's side lost in extra-time to Croatia in the last four.

Gareth Southgate’s side lost in extra-time to Croatia in the last four.

“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.”

Kane has also been recognised in the New Year Honours, having skippered England with aplomb in Russia and won the Golden Boot after finishing top scorer at the World Cup.

The 25-year-old striker scored six goals as Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals and has shone throughout the year for high-flying Tottenham.

Kane told Spurs TV: “It’s quite surreal, really. It’s been a great year for club and country.

“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, (Tottenham boss) Mauricio (Pochettino), Gareth, all the staff, the guys as well – without them I wouldn’t be scoring the goals and getting these accolades.”

Outgoing Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore becomes a CBE for services to football.

Harry Kane became the first Englishman since Gary Lineker in 1986 to win the World Cup's Golden Boot.

Harry Kane became the first Englishman since Gary Lineker in 1986 to win the World Cup’s Golden Boot.

There is an OBE for services to football for former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg.

The 86-year-old survived the Munich air disaster in 1958, when he heroically saved several passengers from the crash.

Gregg, capped 25 times by Northern Ireland, was awarded an MBE in 1985 and has promoted grassroots football.

Compatriot Gareth McAuley, who currently plays for Rangers, has received an MBE for services to football in Northern Ireland.

The 39-year-old defender has represented his country 80 times despite only making his debut in 2005, while his club career has seen him ply his trade for the likes of Leicester, Ipswich and West Brom.

Leroy Rosenior, vice-president of Show Racism The Red Card, picks up an MBE for services to tackling discrimination in sport.

Former Arsenal and football Association vice-chairman David Dein has been given an MBE for services to football and to voluntary work in school and prisons.

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CWC: Modric and Benzema lead Real Madrid's attacking display

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Modric was the main man.

A valiant Al Ain side were eventually overpowered by the might of Real Madrid in the Club World Cup final.

Goals from Luka Modric, Marcos Llorente and Sergio Ramos plus a Yahia Nader own goal saw the Champions League holders cruise to a 4-1 win at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi with Tsukasa Shiotani pulling a goal back for the UAE champions.

Here are our Madrid talking points.

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Luka Modric

Madrid were always expected to be the dominant force in this encounter but given their goal drought under Julen Lopetegui earlier in the season which lasted over eight hours of football, their play in the final third would still have been a source of encouragement for Santiago Solari.

Integral to their chance creation was the duo of Benzema and Modric. Both players patrolled the width of the pitch and were always involved in the final third, combining well to break the deadlock when the Ballon d’Or winner curled a sublime effort past Khalid Essa.

Modric reciprocated by creating a glorious opportunity for the Frenchman in the second half but the striker’s shot after the pair exchanged a one-two inside the area was saved by Essa.

Benzema’s finishing was suspect throughout the match but there’s no doubting his influence in Madrid’s play with the fluid interplay of wingers Lucas Vazquez and Gareth Bale also compounding Al Ain’s problems.

LLORENTE MAKING HIS MARC

Marcos Llorente

Casemiro has been one of the first names on Madrid’s team sheet in recent years, anchoring their midfield expertly. However, in his absence this term Llorente has impressed in the position.

Even though the Brazilian return as a substitute in the semi-final against Kashima Antlers, the Spanish midfielder retained his starting berth on Saturday – but for how long?

Llorente might’ve felt it necessary to leave a mark on the final and certainly did so, scoring his first ever goal for Los Blancos. It wasn’t your run-of-the-mill goal, either. The ball fell perfectly for the midfielder outside the area after Kroos’ corner was cleared and he met it with a right-footed attempted which screamed textbook technique.

Despite Madrid’s control over the game, they only had a slender one-goal advantage to show for their efforts before Llorente’s 62nd minute strike.

It was the perfect way to cap another fine display at the heart of Madrid’s midfield where his work rate and reading of the game afforded the likes of Modric the security to push forward. He deservedly picked up the man of the match award.

GRADE: A

They were always favourites and played like it. Despite dominating proceedings and creating chances, it took some time before they were able to pull away from Al Ain and post an insurmountable lead. Crucially though, they never tried to force the issue.

There was nothing desperate about their play. It was always composed and measured. Eventually, the goals came. Credit to them for respecting their opponents and keeping their foot on the gas as well.

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FC Porto loanee Quintero adds creative spark in River Plate's 4-0 CWC win

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A 4-0 victory over Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup third place play-off flattered River Plate.

Bruno Zuculini opened the scoring from a corner in the 24th minute before Rafael Santos Borre’s penalty in the second half was sandwiched by two Gonzalo Martinez strikes in his final game for the club.

Juan Quintero was brought on for Exequiel Palacios at half-time and the Colombian made an impact in the final third.

Here’s our analysis of his performance.

GOOD

Creativity

Quintero’s excellent vision came into play after his introduction in the second half. As spaces began to appear in Kashima’s defence, the 25-year-old was well-equipped to exploit little pockets and feed passes into the front two.

He created the chance for the second goal with an excellent ball into the feet of Alvarez but also crossed well just before that after plucking the ball out of the air elegantly.

Attacking positions

As Kashima began to push forward and chase the game, Quintero was the main man for River in the transition.

He took up great positions, drifting out to the right, making himself available for the out-ball before coming back onto his stronger left side to play threatening passes.

BAD

Work rate

The FC Porto loanee was notably struggling towards the end of the half. He seemed to run out of steam rather quickly despite not contributing much to the defence. He only really came to life when his side were on the front foot.

KEY MOMENTS

50th minute: FREE-KICK – Ignacio Fernandez wins a free-kick on the edge of the box but Quintero’s effort doesn’t get enough elevation and strikes the wall.

60th minute: DRIBBLE – With the ball played into him on the edge of box from Nicolas De La Cruz, he evaded his man with a clever touch with his instep before beating another inside the box but a couple of ricochets sees it get away from him.

73rd minute: KEY PASS – Quintero controlled the ball with a superb touch and made a yard for himself to drill a low cross in that found Alvarez who rolled it into the onrushing Gonzalo Martinez to slot away.

VERDICT

His class was evident and some of his touches were a joy to watch. His parent club though wouldn’t have been too impressed by the distance he covered in the second half.

There were occasions in attack as well when he wasn’t quick enough to get up the pitch in support. That said, he certainly added a creative edge to River Plate on the break.

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