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Roy Hodgson explains why he put Harry Kane on corners at Euro 2016

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On Sunday, Roy Hodgson will sheepishly return to Wembley as he takes his Crystal Palace side to face Tottenham.

Apart from the fact that the Eagles are rock bottom with just four points from their opening 10 games, the national stadium will bring back mixed memories for the former England boss.

It's fair to say Hodgson's time in charge of the Three Lions was not exactly a glory era.

The lowest ebb, of course, came in France with the defeat to Iceland in the last-16 of the Euros, a result that ultimately spelled the end for the manager.

There was plenty to criticise about the Hodgson era. England lacked heart, they were uninspiring, and they struggled to get past even some of international football's minnows (sound familiar, Gareth Southgate?)

However, it was his decision to put Harry Kane on corners at Euro 2016 that was most baffling.

If you badly need a goal, it's probably not a good idea to take the Premier League Golden Boot winner out of the box.

Yet, Hodgson is unrepentant and to this day, he still maintains that it was the right thing to do.

Why Kane took corners 

“Harry wasn’t scoring goals, he had only one all season at the time," he said, quoted by the Express.

"So you want the best deliverer of the ball taking corners because we thought we had a few other players who were good at attacking the ball in the area.

“Had we had someone else on corners and Harry in the middle, it wouldn’t have made one ha’p’orth of difference to our results.

England v Russia - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016

"There wasn’t a lot of criticism at the time, we weren’t playing too badly. We thought he might be the trump card before the Championships – and he has certainly done it since – but there has to be something to talk about hasn’t there.”

No shame. Whatsoever.

Unfortunately for the Palace chief, the striker is not going to be on set pieces when Spurs welcome them this weekend.

The 24-year-old is currently the Premier League's top scorer despite his annual struggles in August.

Strangely enough, Mauricio Pochettino is going to put him in a position where he can find the back of the net, as he's already done 13 times in as many games this season.

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