How full-backs are making this World Cup brilliant – and why England need more from theirs

Attacking full-backs always play a significant role in World Cups, and this time around it’s no different. After the first round of group games, just four players have recorded two assists in the competition – and three of them are full-backs.

In fact, the other is something of a converted full-back – Juan Cuadrado has been pushed forward from his old right-back role to become more of a right-winger in the past couple of seasons, although there are suggestions Barcelona want him as Dani Alves’s replacement for next season.

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