England captain Wayne Rooney said it was he who decided to take corner kicks instead of Harry Kane at Euro 2016.
Ex-manager Roy Hodgson was largely criticised for the decision to instil Kane – the Premier League top scorer – as England’s dedicated corner taker at the tournament in France.
Now with Sam Allardyce in charge of the national team following England’s exit at the last-16 stage, Rooney has opened up on the rebellion against Hodgson in regards to set-pieces.
“Roy obviously decided for Harry to take corners,” the Manchester United skipper said. “I felt at the time that he was the top goal-scorer in the Premier League. He’s a big lad in the box. It was Roy’s decision.
“But after the first game I don’t think Harry wanted to take the corners, so I went and took them. I felt I probably should have taken them anyway.
“He’s probably better in the air than me and for the last season he had been scoring a lot of goals.
“So that was it, really. I think players have the right to make decisions on the pitch. You make a decision on what you see on the pitch.
“Nothing was ever made of it. I don’t think Roy had an issue with that.”
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