Every football fan knows the beauty and wonder of a free-kick. It can change the outcome of a game and the fortunes of a side in the matter of seconds. England fans that watched David Beckham in his prime know a thing or two about that. Remember his goal against Greece in 2001 to keep the Three Lions chances of making the 2002 World Cup alive? In an instant, England went from a side dead in the water to one that was full of life. The shot ultimately propelled England into the World Cup, leading to a quarter-final berth.

If England are to have any success this time around in the World Cup in Brazil, one can look to free-kicks as an area that could help them get there. They boast a powerful left/right duo in the form of Leighton Baines and Steven Gerrard, with Baines proving to be prolific in the Premier League this season for Everton. Who could forget the two free kicks he scored against West Ham United last season in a 3-2 victory for the Toffees? Baines is easily England’s best threat from free-kicks since Beckham, and will be called upon more often than not when they draw one. England also have other options in that area in Rickie Lambert and Wayne Rooney should Hodgson choose to use one of them.

So, while many may be writing off England’s chances, just remember that a magical free-kick moment can come when it is least expected. For a new outlook on how to take a free-kick, take a look at this video sponsored by Captain Morgan…

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