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A play-by-play analysis of how England engineered their first goal against Sweden

There was so much going on behind the scenes that led to Harry Maguire's header

2018 will always be remembered as a special year.

The sun hasn’t stopped shining for months, Love Island keeps delivering and England are through to a World Cup semi-final.

And it’s all thanks to their set-piece prowess.

“Sir Harry Maguire scored the goal that put England into the semi-final on their way to winning the World Cup”

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“Sir Harry Maguire scored the goal that put England into the semi-final on their way to winning the World Cup”

Nine of England’s 11 goals in Russia have come from set-pieces, either Harry Kane penalties or beautifully-worked dead ball moves.

And Harry Maguire continued the trend with a bullying header from an Ashley Young corner to give England the lead against Sweden.

It all looked so simple as Maguire somehow found himself up against Sweden’s number 10 Emil Forsberg for a chance to head the ball at a corner.

As you can see from the picture above, Forsberg was left crumpled in a heap while Maguire wheeled off celebrating.

He eats defending like that for breakfast

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He eats defending like that for breakfast

But how did England engineer a move that ended with one of Sweden’s smallest players challenging England’s biggest set-piece danger at a corner?

Well, football analyst Nikos Overheul broke it down for the world to see on Twitter…

Step 1: The setup

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Step 2: The crucial move

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Step 3: The finish

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And there you have it, in three easy steps England fashioned an almost free header in a World Cup quarter final.

You have to think this comes directly from Gareth Southgate and the meticulous work he has delivered to the players on the training ground.

Viva Southgate.