Volgograd: Harry Kane’s first major outing for England in the UEFA European Championships in 2016 ended in major disappointment, as the Tottenham Hotspur striker failed to find the back of the net even once.
The decision to put the tall striker on corner-taking duties became a regular source of amusement among fans and journalists alike but then-England manager Roy Hodgson vociferously defended the tactic.
Fast forward two years later and Harry Kane is now leading the England national football team in the FIFA World Cup 2018. He proceeded to scored twice as England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game.
And if the decision to put him on set-piece duty seemed ridiculous back then, it appeared even worse with the benefit of hindsight.
Both of Kane’s goals came from set-pieces – only this time he was inside the box waiting to pounce rather than the person looking to deliver the ball into a dangerous area.
The first goal came in the 11th minute and was a typical striker’s goal. The Tunisian goalkeeper parried John Stones’ header from a corner straight into Kane’s path who simply tapped the ball in.
His second goal came in the dying minutes of the game. After Tunisia equalised in the 35th minute through a penalty, they hung on for dear life in the hopes of escaping with a point.
However, it wasn’t meant to be. England won another corner in injury time. The delivery from Trippier found Harry Maguire, who nodded it towards Kane who in turn smartly headed in the winner.
England next take on Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 before heading to Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad for their final group game vs. Belgium.