Roy Hodgson has revealed the reasons why Harry Kane has been chosen to take corners for England during Euro 2016, claiming he is the best deliverer of the ball in the squad.
The lanky striker is one of the best headers of the ball in the Premier League and carries an obvious ariel threat from corners but was unable to make a difference against Russia because he was taking them. It was a sight that left England fans and pundits baffled.
And after the Three Lions conceded a last-minute equaliser, attention quickly turned to Hodgson's more controversial decisions on the night, of which Kane was clearly one.
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Indeed, not only do England have a variety of players adept at taking corners – Wayne Rooney, for one – but Kane's deliveries were inconsistent with one even making it to the other side of the pitch.
But Hodgson has told fans to get used to it as he firmly believes the Tottenham striker is the best man for the job, hinting that he will continue with the same role when England take on Wales this Thursday.
Carry on kicking
“Harry is the best striker of the ball we have,” Hodgson said. “He’s the one who gives us the best delivery. We’ve tried many other players and we don’t get the same level of delivery as we get from Harry.
“And also we have so many players in the penalty area at the moment who are very good at attacking the ball – Wayne Rooney, of course, being one who is very good in that area – that we don’t necessarily need him there.
“We need him more on the ball, taking the kick because that’s our best chance of scoring a goal.”
Out of place
One prominent figure who has called for immediate change is former England striker Alan Shearer, who claims he would have flat-out rejected a request from his manager to take corners.
"He is England's No 1 centre-forward and one of our best headers of a ball. So why on earth is Roy Hodgson asking him to take corners? It is like asking Lewis Hamilton to change his own tyres," he wrote in the Sun.
"Kane is well within his rights to pull Roy Hodgson to one side in training this week and say, 'I don't think I should be taking corners - I want to be in the box getting on the end of them'.
"Why can't Wayne Rooney or Adam Lallana take them? Let's be honest, if you are a midfielder playing for England and you have not got the ability to take a corner, you should not be on the pitch."
But there is a very real chance that Kane will not even start in England's second group game, especially if Hodgson takes the advice that senior figures are apparently dishing out to him.
A report in The Sun claims England coaches are calling on Hodgson to drop Kane in favour of Jamie Vardy or Daniel Sturridge. Reason being that he looked completely exhausted against Russia.
Luckily, Hodgson brought five strikers with him and could even opt to use Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford at some point in England's campaign.