Fans stuck by England after another tame start, and patience on and off the pitch proved key to their eventually stylish progress
In a parallel universe – say at Wembley or Molineux – Harry Maguire rumbles forward and keeps on going to the fringes of the penalty area. It is 0-0, half an hour gone and England are labouring.
Maguire does not give the impression that he has the ball entirely under his spell. Or that he knows what he is going to do next. It is chaotically off the cuff. He simply puts his head down and shoots. It zings out for a throw-in on the far side.
Written by David Hytner in Doha
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