Gareth Southgate will be hoping England can pick up where they left off after surpassing expectations at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, especially when it comes to their set piece play.
The Three Lions reached the semi-finals of the Russia tournament, losing to Croatia in extra-time, and the players came home as heroes after their effort and endeavour.
After discovering their strong set piece capabilities, they could look to use their skill and aerial dominance to get past Spain in their UEFA Nations League opener on Saturday.
They convened this week ahead of the Wembley clash, as well as a friendly with Switzerland in Leicester next week, and will be hoping to take the summer's positives into the new campaign.
Statistics show Southgate's side were the best performing nation from set pieces in Russia, scoring six goals in total as the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and John Stones caused a nuisance in opposition boxes.
Those well-worked moves helped England pip the likes of Uruguay, Colombia and Russia in the set piece charts (see above).
Southgate used various sources for inspiration for creative set pieces. The 48-year-old took an interest in NBA, NFL and NHL in the United States, spending time across the Atlantic, while also adopting tactics from closer to home.
Such was his fascination, during his trip he constantly asked questions in an attempt to soak up information on various aspects, including the Americans’ well-planned ‘plays’ in NFL and pick-and-rolls from basketball.
False runs and constant movement in the box to create confusion were one of the options they regularly deployed, but most memorable was the ‘Love Train’ – as described by pundit and former England boss Glenn Hoddle.
A tactic used by Sky Bet League Two side Lincoln for the past couple of seasons, four players line up in a row before the kick is taken, making it hard for the opposition defenders to place their marker before they all break off in different directions and look to create an opening in the process.
This unique take on management shows Southgate’s willingness to learn and try new things in the game and, after England’s success at set pieces, it will no doubt have offered him considerable encouragement – and the confidence to continue with more experimentation from corners and free-kicks.
Harry MaGuire, Harry Kane and John Stones all scored from set pieces during the Russian Tournament, as Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young's deliveries caused opponents so many problems. So looking in this area could prove value and Sky Bet have Price Boosted Kane or Maguire to score a goal assisted by Trippier from 10/1 to 12/1.
Saturday's meeting will also be intriguing as it sees the best passing sides of the group stages meet - England had an 88.8% passing accuracy, the second most. Meanwhile Spain, now under the management of former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, topped the charts with 91.3%.
Who takes their chances will be key and England will be hoping Golden Boot winner Harry Kane steps up to the occasion once again after scoring six of their 12 goals in Russia.