Kyle Walker taking free-kick leaves England fans scratching their heads

Daniel Zeqiri
The Telegraph
Kyle Walker's first-half free kick flew over the bar - AFP
Kyle Walker's first-half free kick flew over the bar - AFP

Harry Kane taking corners was symbolic of England's Euro 2016 debacle, and the nadir of a listless first-half against Slovenia on Thursday came via a skied Kyle Walker free-kick.  

With Kane and Marcus Rashford - who has scored a free-kick in a Europa League semi-final - on the pitch, the sight of Walker stepping up cased much bemusement among England fans. 

The dead-ball scenario was well positioned, about 25 yards out and to the left of centre, but the Manchester City full-back blazed over the bar. 

Though Walker has shown his versatility under Pep Guardiola, tucking in narrow during City's 1-0 win at Chelsea, taking England's set-pieces might be a bridge too far.

In Walker's defence, he did once score a direct free-kick during his Tottenham Hotspur days - driving one under the wall against Manchester United in 2013. 

With qualification to the 2018 World Cup all but secure, England's turgid Wembley display never looked like costing them, but did leave supporters with more questions than answers about their long-term prospects. 

Though England have an exciting forward line in Kane, Rashford, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling, they look desperately short of technical quality in midfield and doubts remain over their defensive strength. 

And as Walker's dismal effort showed, we are none the wiser about who will take their set-pieces. 

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