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World Cup 2018: England set World Cup set-piece record



Kieran Trippier’s early goal in the semi-final against Croatia gave the Three Lions their ninth set-piece strike of the tournament

England have set a record for the most set-piece goals at a World Cup since 1966.

Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick in the semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday gave the Three Lions their ninth set-piece strike of the tournament.

That goal breaks the record of eight England held along with Portugal’s 1966 side heading into the semi-final in Moscow. 

Overall, the Three Lions have scored nine of their 12 goals at the tournament from set pieces. 

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Harry Kane, the World Cup Golden Boot leader, has scored three of his six goals from penalties and another two from corner kicks. 

Centre-back Harry Maguire has also been heavily important during England’s run to the semi-final, heading home the opener from a corner-kick in the 2-0 quarter-final victory over Sweden.

The winner of Wednesday’s semi-final will take on France in the final on Sunday, while the loser faces Belgium in the third-place game on Saturday.



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