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Wayne Rooney defied Roy Hodgson by taking Harry Kane off corners.

Wayne Rooney explains why he took Harry Kane off corners at Euro 2016

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It quickly became apparent during Euro 2016 that Harry Kane taking corners is detrimental to the England national football team.

It got to the point where you wondered if Roy Hodgson was playing a practical joke. Time after time Kane’s corners were widely off-target, or far too long to cause any trouble.

Kane taking corners just didn’t make sense. Why would you have a proven finisher who stands at over six feet tall at the furthest point from where he can score? The rest of the competing countries probably had tears in their eyes from all the laughter.

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Eventually, it took England captain Wayne Rooney to go against Hodgson’s wishes and take corners himself.

Hodgson’s stubbornness didn’t help his cause and he swerved being sacked by leaving England in the immediate aftermath to the 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the round-of-16 stage.

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Kane didn't even want to take corners

Rooney admitted in an interview with the Daily Mail that he took Kane off corners, and on Tuesday expanded on his decision to defy Hodgson in France.

It turns out that the Tottenham striker didn’t even want to be taking corners.

“Harry was taking corners,” Rooney said, per The Guardian. “Roy decided for Harry to take corners but I felt at the time that he was the top goalscorer in the Premier League. He’s a big lad in the box.

“It was Roy’s decision but after the first game [against Russia] I don’t think Harry wanted to take the corners so I went over and took them.

“I felt I probably should have been taking them anyway. He [Kane] is probably better in the air than me and for the last season he had been scoring a lot of goals. So that was it really. I think players have the right to make decisions on the pitch. You make a decision on what you see on the pitch.”

Slovakia v England - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016

Hodgson explained Kane's role

Hodgson pointed to Kane’s technical ability as the reason why he was put on corner duty in the first place.

“Harry is the best striker of the ball we have,” the 69-year-old told reporters, per the Independent. “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.”

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