Why England are so good at winning big – and what it could mean for 2018-19 title ‘A bit of a shock’ for England

With just two defeats in seven World Cup qualifiers, England are in a position to make a significant leap from Group A, with their first ever defeat at home to Germany, and they are unbeaten in four matches in all competitions, including victories over Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

But what can we learn from their recent performances?

Key facts: England’s best-ever World Cup qualifying performance was against Brazil in 2013, with the win against the hosts being the final game of the group stage that was eventually won by the hosts after extra time.