England lead the way with set-pieces at World Cup, says Sam Allardyce
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 24/06/18 6:59pm
Sam Allardyce believes England are the best team at the World Cup when it comes to set-pieces.
England thrashed Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday, a result that leaves them level on six points with Belgium in Group G, with both sides having scored eight goals and conceded two.
Allardyce - who was England manager at the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign before leaving the role after just 67 days - spoke to Sky Sports News after they had defeated Panama, where he highlighted how proficient Gareth Southgate's side are at dead-ball situations.
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"You have got to give the management and backroom staff a huge amount of credit because this England team is by far the best in the World Cup on maximising set-plays," he told Sky Sports News.
"They scored two corners against Tunisia, one corner to get them underway today (Sunday) to get them off the mark, they scored a brilliantly-worked free-kick.
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"Most of the goals have come from set-plays, which is a massive credit to the backroom team.
"You have also got a penalty and an exceptionally good goal from Jesse Lingard. England are moving forward with a great amount of confidence."
England face Belgium in their final Group G game in Kaliningrad on Thursday.