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World Cup 2018: Five new things we learned from Fifa's technical study group

Wednesday 06:07 GMT

Despite reaching the semi-finals, England were accused of many things at the 2018 World Cup: Could only score from set-pieces; lacked a creative midfield player; didn't beat a top-class team.

In fact, it reflected some of the trends that emerged from Russia, according to Fifa's technical study group, which has produced its analysis of the tournament. Comprised of Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and former Netherlands forward Marco van Basten, the group's report shows why possession might be over-rated, how set-pieces can be successful and why playmakers are vital.

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