Roy Hodgson's decision to put Harry Kane on corner duty has left England fans and pundits scratching their heads. The lanky striker, who is one of the best headers of the ball in the Premier League, took as many as six against Russia; a welcomed sight for the opposing defenders.
And it appears that confusion over the strange tactic stretches beyond the stands and into the dugout, at least according to the Daily Mail. Their well-connected journalist Sami Mokbel claims that the players have begun to question the logic of having a 6ft 2in striker taking corners and are equally concerned with Hodgson's stubbornness over the matter.
Indeed, the veteran coach strongly hinted that Kane would continue taking corners throughout Euro 2016, insisting that the Tottenham striker delivers a better ball than anyone else in the squad, including Wayne Rooney.
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“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.”
Players have backed Hodgson over the ploy in public but are starting to express their concerns on the training ground. The 22-year-old took as many as six in England's 1-1 draw with Russia with two sailing clear over the penalty box.
And it is clear Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is not in agreement with Hodgson as Kane only took seven corners in the entirety of the last Premier League campaign.
There have also been reports that some England players have called on Hodgson to drop Kane for their second – and crucial – group game against Wales on Thursday. The Premier League golden boot winner may be England's best striker on paper but he looked jaded against Russia.
Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy and even teenager Marcus Rashford are chomping at the bit to get on the pitch. Sturridge in particular has impressed in training and Hodgson is seriously considering starting the Liverpool striker. That would not only give Kane some much-needed rest but would also allow England to adopt a more direct approach against Chris Coleman's men.