LONDON, Sporting Alert – Former England international Alan Shearer has blasted Roy Hodgson’s decision to assigned Harry Kane to take corners in the 1-1 draw Euro 2016 group opener against Russia on Saturday.
Shearer believes Kane, who won the English Premier League Golden Boot last season, was wasted taking the set pieces from both sides of the pitch and questioned the England manager’s selected personnel.
The Tottenham forward has only taken 16 corner kicks in his career in the English Premier League and has no assists.
So you could see why eyebrows were being raised every time he goes to deliver the corners.
“While we are on about Harry Kane, let’s get straight to the point, what on earth is he doing taking corners? It is bizarre,” Shearer said during a post-game wrap up on BBC One.
Shearer, a former England, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United goalscoring No. 9, said he Kane is a proven goalscorer who is within his own rights to tell the manager to find another player to take corner kicks.
“He is well within his rights to say to the manager ‘find someone else’,” Shearer, who made 63 appearances and scored 30 goals for England between 1992-2000, noted. “He’s one of the best goalscorers and one of the best headers of a ball.
“Get someone else to take corners, not him, because he’s a top centre-forward.”
He also tweeted: “I have to say that if a manager asked me to take corners, my answer would be ‘ask someone else to take them!’ #harrykane #ENG’
Meanwhile, England returned to the team hotel in Chantilly on Sunday under tight security, as they prepare for the game against Wales.
John Stones was also pictured carrying the “Lion Bag Pack” as he entered the hotel entrance, and it is understood that the person who underperforms the most in training is responsible for wearing the pack.
The Three Lions will take on Gareth Bale and Wales in the second game in Group B at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Thursday.