Kane joked with Allardyce over corners

Harry Kane

Harry Kane says he “had a bit of a laugh and a joke” with England manager Sam Allardyce about having to take corners under former boss Roy Hodgson.

The striker took the set pieces during England’s disappointing Euro 2016 campaign but Wayne Rooney took the corners in Sunday’s win over Slovakia.

Asked if he expected to take corners again, Kane said: “Probably not.

“We had a bit of a laugh and a joke with the manager [Allardyce] about it, but it’s something that happened.”

England were embarrassingly knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland, which led to Hodgson’s exit and Allardyce taking over.

BBC Sport pundit and ex-England striker Alan Shearer was a vociferous critic of 23-year-old Kane taking corners during the summer tournament in France.

“I am happy to be in the box and hopefully I will get a goal for it,” added Tottenham forward Kane on the issue.

“It has [become a talking point] now, on social media. You have just got to laugh with it.

“Of course it was a disappointing moment in the summer but it’s football, it’s what makes and breaks you as a player. It’s what grows you up as a player and that is what I have got to use to help me.”

I’m confident in my ability – Kane

Adam Lallana’s late strike against Slovakia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier helped Allardyce start his reign with a win but Kane struggled in a lone striker role.

His last goal for club or country came in England’s Euro 2016 warm-up game against Turkey on 22 May but he is confident he will rediscover his goalscoring touch.

Kane failed to score in his first six Premier League games last season before going on to finish as the top-flight’s top scorer with 25 goals.

“Unfortunately there was a lot of talk last year and I managed to prove a lot of people wrong, so people will talk this year as well,” he said.

“It’s part of football. It’s what they’re doing. I am confident in my ability.

“People might talk now or if I don’t score in the next five or six games. It doesn’t bother me – I am a confident player.

“I know if I keep doing what I am doing I will score goals and that is what I am going to do.”

We have to be brave – Allardyce

Following England’s failure at Euro 2016, Allardyce believes his squad are “a happy bunch, not a damaged bunch” following the win over Slovakia.

However, he added: “But I think I saw a little nervous tension and it’s bound to be in the back of their mind.

“They had a holiday, a pre-season, then it comes to the first game after Iceland and maybe there was nervous tension.

“I think it was possession for possession’s sake for the opening 45 minutes rather than trying to break the opposition down. So that may be a bit of sub-conscious about not wanting to be the one that gives the ball away.

“But we have to be brave.”

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