Jack Wilshere has backed Harry Kane as England's corner taker
Roy Hodgson has received heavy criticism for the decision to allow the Tottenham Hotspur striker to take corners but Wilshere has defended the boss in an interview with The Mirror.
Many pundits belive Kane would be better off on the end of corners rather than whipping them in
“He practices a lot on his free-kicks," the Arsenal midfielder said. "He’s got a special free-kick. He’s got that technique where it goes all over the place. Not many players can do that. He’s worked on his corners as well and, for me, he’s good enough to take them.
"I’ve heard some people say they want him in the box. But if we get the delivery right, which he can, we have enough big players in the box who can win the ball. I think when you’ve got that special technique you can make an exception.”
Irrelevant of the quality of Kane's delivery, it is still hard to accept that a 6 ft 2 in centre forward is not in the penalty box trying to get on the end of corners that are whipped in. The only way there will ever be any kind of justification for the tactic would be if England were to start scoring from his deliveries.
Jack Wilshere has responded to Gareth Bale ahead of Thursday's encounter against Wales
Wilshere came on as a late substitute in England's Group B opener against Russia - a result that has increased the significance of their encounter with Wales on Thursday. Gareth Bale has been speaking this week, claiming the Welsh have more passion than the English, and Wilshere responded emphatically.
“We know that Wales don’t like us," he said. "Do we like them? Not really. We know it is going to be a tough game and there are going to be tackles. It is going to be like a Premier League game."
With so many players from either side coming from Premier League clubs, the two teams will be very aware of each other's threats, and therefore it may be a cagey start to the game. It is one that England must win if they are to have any hope of topping Group B.
England's Jack Wilshere