Arguably the one thing that irritated England fans more than anything else at Euro 2016 was the sight of Harry Kane, last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner, taking corners.
It generated huge debate, particularly on social media, although only the smallest of minorities appeared to agree that it was a good idea.
Why on earth did Roy Hodgson think it was a good idea to put England’s main striker, and one of the team’s biggest aerial threats, on corners?
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Explaining his decision, Hodgson told reporters during the European Championships: “Harry is the best striker of the ball we have. 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.
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“We need him more on the ball, taking the kick because that’s our best chance of scoring a goal.”
Wayne Rooney took Kane off corners
Supporters, however, weren’t having this as an acceptable reason - and neither were the players.
Wayne Rooney has since admitted that it was his decision, as the team’s captain, to take Kane off set-piece duty.
“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,” the Manchester Untied star told the Guardian last week. “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.”
Kane joked with Allardyce about being put on corners
And Sam Allardyce, it seems, concurs with Rooney - and 99 per cent of England supporters - that Kane shouldn’t have been taking corners this summer.
Kane himself has revealed that, following Allardyce’s arrival, they both had a laugh and a joke about the situation at Euro 2016.
Asked if he expected to take corners again, Kane was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "Probably not.
"We had a bit of a laugh and a joke with the manager about it, but it's something that happened."
The Tottenham striker added: "I am happy to be in the box and hopefully I will get a goal for it.
"Of course it was a disappointing moment in the summer, but it's football. It's what makes and breaks you as a player."
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