While no England player truly evaded criticism at Euro 2016, Harry Kane was one of the main suspects. The man meant to provide the firepower in attack simply fell flat in France this summer.
Such criticism was undoubtedly augmented by his wild set pieces. Not only could Kane be found shanking free-kicks, but the Spurs striker was even on corner duties and not very successfully.
In fact, his corner kick taking reduced Three Lions fans nationwide into angry rants and raw frustration. It’s proven such a talking point that even Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has offered his view.
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Despite having bagged the Premier League Golden Boot this season, Kane was oddly tasked to take corners for England.
It would surely make greater sense for the 23-year-old to be lurking in the box given his height and finishing abilities, but no. The brainboxes in the England coaching set-up clearly felt otherwise.
What provoked even greater irritation was the fact the corners weren’t even impressive. Kane badly over hit his first two attempts against Russia and was replaced by the time the Wales game came round.
Surely the England striker’s club coach would be able shed light on this decision. However, it appears Pochettino was equally baffled.
The Argentinian commented: "I don’t want to criticise, but I think Harry is a top scorer, so why is he taking free-kicks or corners if his skill is to score?"
"You need to stay in the box, not outside”
It seems nobody can put their finger on why the 23-year-old was handed a responsibility so often entrusted to wingers or even full-backs. Taking corners or not though, Kane can hardly hold his head high after Euro 2016.
Pochettino isn’t the first and won’t be the last to be left scratching their head over the most confusing of the catalogue of tactical errors England displayed in France.
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