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How the NFL helped England

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots scores his second field goal in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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England national team manager Gareth Southgate has studied how the NFL works on set-play situations, which has inspired his team to score.

During the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, England national team scored nine goals from set-pieces.

This is an incredible feat for any team on any tournament.

But how did the Three Lions became so good at it? By watching the NFL.

England national team manager Gareth Southgate attended the LIII Super Bowl yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Three Lions coach saw how the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.

And he got inspired.

“We’re always looking for those set-play situations. The details that NFL coaches go into on those things is phenomenal,” he was quoted by FIFA.com

“We were at a coaching conference yesterday with some coaches from the [Atlanta] Falcons. The hours that they spend in team meetings to get that detail right – I mean, our lads can just about stomach 15 minutes then we have to get them out!”

“We were looking at everything,” Southgate continued.

“We were looking at some of the NFL coaching techniques, the work of specialist coaches in particular. We looked at their media day, how they interact with the media, that was really important for us in the summer.”

“We traveled out to the [Seattle] Seahawks before the World Cup,” the coach added.

“You’re always learning and we had the chance to interact with lots of different coaches. Some that traveled out went into think tanks on various different issues on managing people and leadership and detail within games.

“We run attacking patterns. In various areas of the field, the players know the runs they should be making, trying to arrive in space at the moment the passer is lifting his head,” he explained.

“So there are lots of similarities, but less interference from the coach.

“You’re trying to, as a coach, paint pictures. Then you’re relying on their individual talent in those key areas of the field to go and deliver something,” he commented.

“So, I’m guessing you can give the ball to a running back but then he’s going to manipulate his body to evade those challenges and that’s down to his individual talent.”