Shearer: This is what Kane should say to Hodgson about bizarre role

By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes

Alan Shearer has urged Harry Kane to tell Roy Hodgson someone else should take the corners for England.

Kane had a quiet game at centre-forward in England’s Euro 16 opener on Saturday, having no touches at all in the Russia box as the two sides drew 1-1.

However, the prolific Tottenham striker continued his recent role as the national team’s primary corner taker.

It had raised eyebrows in the build-up to Euro 2016, and pundits were once again perplexed as the Premier League’s top scorer in 2015-16 was absent from the danger area at key times against Russia.

One of Kane’s most illustrious predecessors in the number nine shirt, Alan Shearer, is convinced that Kane should not be taking corners and labelled the decision as “bizarre” in the immediate aftermath of the match.

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Shearer was asked on Twitter on Sunday how he would have reacted when he was at his peak in 1996 if the England manager Terry Venables had asked him to take the corners during the European Championships, in which he scored five goals as the home nation reached the semi-finals.

The former Newcastle striker replied on the social media site that he “would have politely pointed out that he (Venables) had other alternatives”.

In other Tottenham news, the club are making fresh progress in their bid to sign one of their key summer targets.