Mauricio Pochettino admits he was surprised to see Harry Kane taking corners for England at Euro 2016.
Kane performed poorly at this summer’s tournament, but the decision to have him take the majority of England’s set-pieces has been roundly criticised during and after the country’s terrible showing.
Pochettino has questioned then-head coach Roy Hodgson’s decision to have his leading striker in charge of deliveries into the box from dead-ball situations.
“I don’t want to criticise,” Pochettino told the Daily Mail, “but I think Harry is a top scorer, so why is he taking free-kicks or corners if his skill is to score?
“You need to stay in the box, not outside.”
On the backlash his 23-year-old top scorer faced in the aftermath of England’s exit, Pochettino added: “I was very surprised about the criticism because there was no reason. No reason.
“You know that when you are disappointed with the result you try to find a reason why, and find the guilty. Harry was in the same line-up as the other players. Some good, some bad.
“It’s not just his responsibility. In football you need to share responsibility. It is the manager first, the coaching staff and the players. The responsibility is not one player’s.”