England's set-piece mastery reaping rewards at World Cup

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Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery, and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament football has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title.

"They are willing to put their heads through a brick wall", Young said with smile.

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in the British parliament, revealed he was backing eliminated Peru due to their hospitality during a recently friendly match, but pledged to offer his "hearty congratulations" to England if they win the World Cup.

Two years later, our young team had an awesome run to the semi-finals of the World Cup that captured the imagination of our people.

"So, we're proud to be having an influence but we're also going to be making sure our energies and focus are in the right place".

Maguire is a very good defender who has proved himself in the Premier League, and it would not be a bad idea for Liverpool to sign the England global in the summer transfer window.

"France don't have a Hazard, a De Bruyne or a Lukaku, or a Fellaini, who played really well (against Brazil)".

"If you'd asked me before the tournament, I'd have been happy with this young team getting to the quarter-finals".

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"I remember people saying he's going to be a one-hit wonder and he's just completely proven them wrong and blown it out the water".

"Last Saturday, some ladies even thought I was him".

"They have got some fantastic players".

On the memes and celebrations: "I think a lot of the guys, like me, they've switched off to it".

The England players will not panic, they have proved that.

Young set up England's first goal in the 2-0 quarterfinal win over Sweden with a driven corner from the left wing that was headed in by Harry Maguire.

Just like in England now, during the 2006 World Cup everyone began to feel something special was happening with the Germany team, but the difference was we were the hosts and we were right in the middle of it. "It" refers to the World Cup trophy, and "home" refers to England.

As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week. On a two-way play (winner including extra time), England is -165 and Croatia is +142.

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