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Kyle Walker's free-kick that sent Twitter into meltdown

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England's set-piece takers have been criticised in the past, and that was the case once again last night in their 1-0 win over Slovenia.

The furore seemed to start during Euro 2016, when Harry Kane was inexplicably tasked with taking all of the team's corners and free-kicks, with very little success.

Marcus Rashford has also stepped up to the set-piece mark, but showed he has some ability for Manchester United, assisting Marouane Fellaini's second in their 4-0 victory against Crystal Palace last week with a wicked free-kick.

Rashford came up with the Three Lions' best effort last night, forcing Jan Oblak to dive desperately to his right to save his bouncing effort.

However, it was a pretty dismal night as far as the other attempts went.

Firstly, Kane was unable to beat the wall from around 25 yards out, before his former Spurs team mate Kyle Walker sent Twitter into a frenzy with his attempt.

The world's most expensive defender hasn't scored for almost two years, but somehow found himself standing over a free-kick in an almost identical position to Kane's.

And the result was rather embarrassing for Walker.

The right-back blazed his shot high and wide of the target, to a chorus of load groans around Wembley.

It echoed what was a hugely frustrating night for Gareth Southgate's side, even with Kane's late winner securing qualification for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

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Even after earning the three points, fans were still totally bemused as to why a man who has failed to find the target in so long was taking a free-kick in a crucial game.

It seems like Southgate needs to change his set-piece plans if Twitter is anything to go by.

Walker did manage to make up for his poor attempt though, winning the ball back and delivering the cross for Kane to turn home the winner in stoppage time.

England's final opponents in the group are Lithuania, who failed to beat minnows Malta last night, being held to a 1-1 draw.

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