While watching England isn’t exactly exciting these days, maybe we take for granted how comfortable we’ve qualified for major tournaments in recent years.
That happened once again for Gareth Southgate’s side as they booked their place in Russia with a game to spare.
But that hasn’t always been the case.
Who can forget when Steve McClaren failed to lead the Three Lions to Euro 2008?
And, six years previously, Sven Goran-Eriksson's England were on the brink of dropping into the playoffs as they attempted to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
England were in a group with Germany and, having beaten them 5-1, knew that if results went their way, they would seal their place at the World Cup.
And you’ll be fully aware of what happened next.
England were losing 2-1 and in the 93rd minute before David Beckham stepped up and scored an incredible 30-yard free-kick to send England to Japan & South Korea.
It was an incredible moment and one that Beckham will always be remembered for.
And some incredible footage has emerged on Twitter of what Beckham was doing the day before the match.
On the Old Trafford pitch, Beckham was seen practicing his set-pieces from a variety of positions before scoring a free-kick incredibly similar to the one he took 24 hours later.
Watch: Beckham practicing his free-kicks
Take a look:
The footage was posted by Scott Allison, a UEFA A licensed coach who works as head of academy coaching at Partick Thistle in Scotland.
And Allison’s caption of the video is pretty perfect.
“Many top players post images of cars, fashion etc. Youngsters try to copy. But why not try to copy what got players to the top? #practice.”
Well said.News Now - Sport News