Ray Wilkins criticises decision to allow Harry Kane to take corners

Aston Villa coach Ray Wilkins before the match

The whole nation watched in bemusement last night as England's centre-forward Harry Kane took every single corner in their 1-1 draw with Russia.

Aston Villa assistant coach Ray Wilkins Ray Wilkins was baffled by the decision to allow Harry Kane to take corners

Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ's Euro Verdict programme at 10 am on Sunday 12 June, former England star Ray Wilkins was heavily critical of England's use of Harry Kane as corner-taker. 

In what seemingly was a tactical ploy instigated by England boss Roy Hodgson, the Tottenham Hotspur striker persisted in taking every corner, and thus was not present in the box to attack incoming crosses.

Wilkins did not hold back in his criticism, telling Sky Sports News HQ: "It baffles the life out of me, because if you're a midfield player at international level and you can't kick a ball 40 yards, unopposed, and stick it in a 10-yard area at a height where you've got an opportunity to score, you shouldn't really be playing if I'm honest. So stick Harry Kane in the box and let's see if we can score a goal."

England's Harry KaneWill Harry Kane be on corner taking duty on Thursday against Wales?

What made the situation worse was that England did not once look threatening from any of the corners Kane whipped into the box.

It is something that will surely be looked at by the England manager before their next game against Wales in Lens on Thursday.

Another former England star Jamie Redknapp chimed into the debate, agreeing with Wilkins, telling Sky Sports News HQ: "There were one or two negatives. What the guys were talking about there with Harry Kane I couldn't agree more. If we can't get someone else to take the corners we are in trouble.

"If we have to use one of our centre-forwards to take corners that's not good news."

It will be fascinating to see who steps up to take the first corner for England on Thursday against Wales, and if Hodgson wants to get the English public on his side it would be highly advisable for that person not to be Kane.

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