Poland score stunning 30-yard free-kick after England's Angus Gunn doesn't set up wall

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England and Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn has learned a crucial lesson about the importance of setting up a wall for free-kicks, regardless of how far out they are.

Thursday night saw England Under-21 host Poland Under-21 at Bristol City's Ashton Gate Stadium in an international friendly.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Reiss Nelson broke the defensive line, rounded the goalkeeper and pulled back for the Everton striker.

But 21 minutes later Poland were level thanks to a stunning free-kick from Legia Warsaw's Sebastian Szymanski.

From 30 yards out, the highly-rated 19-year-old curled the ball into the top-right corner to give Gunn no chance.

Not many goalkeepers in the world would have saved it, if any, and yet Gunn was arguably still to blame.

In a bizarre move, the 23-year-old Southampton shot-stopper failed to set up a wall for Szymanski's free-kick to give the teenager a free shot at goal.

England v Poland - U21 International Friendly

The referee still counted out 10 yards and drew a line using his foam spray, despite the fact none of England's players were standing in the way. The closest to the ball was Phil Foden.

And sure enough, Gunn was punished for his bizarre decision as Szymanski produced an absolute screamer. Check it out below.

Did Gunn think Szymanski was too far out to score? Or was it some bizarre tactic to try and unsettle the Poland midfielder? Either way, it completely failed.

It's a good job the game was only a friendly.

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