Kane won the Golden Boot as the top scorer at the tournament in Russia this summer.
The 25-year-old scored six goals as Gareth Southgate’s team reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990. The England manager will receive an OBE.
The tournament proved to be the pinnacle of another prolific year for the Spurs striker, who also helped his team finish third in the Premier League and reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
Kane has scored 41 goals in 62 appearances for club and country in 2018 and has moved into the top-five Tottenham goalscorers of all time.
‘Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world,’ said Pochettino. ‘His personality, his character. He is special. He is a special man, not only a special player. All that he can get in his career he fully deserves.’
Kane said: ‘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, Mauricio, Gareth, all the staff, the guys as well — without them I wouldn’t be scoring the goals and getting these accolades.’
Kane was preparing for the match against Southampton at Wembley earlier this month when he learned of the MBE. He missed a call from his fiancee Kate Goodland and received a message asking him to get in touch.
‘I thought something was wrong!’ admitted Kane. ‘But Kate was excited and told me that we’d had a letter from the Queen saying we’d get an MBE.
‘Normally we’d talk a little but she would never call me just before the match. I had a missed call and she texted me “could you answer?”.’
The news didn’t knock the striker off his game as he scored after nine minutes and created another as Spurs beat Southampton 3-1 on December 5.
Kane, who has two children — Ivy, 2, and four-month-old Vivienne — with his childhood sweetheart, added: ‘I’m proud for Kate as well and the whole family. It’s not just for me. We’re part of a journey together. It shows that the hard work has paid off.’