World Cup 2014 video: Top 10 free kicks from qualifying

VIDEO: With the World Cup Finals under a week away, we look back at the best free kicks from the qualifying rounds

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We can all remember where we were when David Beckham scored that last-minute free-kick against Greece in 2001 to send England to the World Cup Finals the following year, where a Ronaldinho free-kick caught David Seaman off-guard and sent England packing in the quarter-finals.

Beckham repeated his free-kick brilliance at the 1998 World Cup against Colombia as well as against Ecuador in 2006. Perhaps England’s Wayne Rooney, who scored a great free-kick against San Mario in a qualifying match, can do the same against Italy, Uruguay or Costa Rica in Brazil.

However, the qualifying stages showed the free-kick prowess of Uruguay, who England play on 19 June, with Manchester United target Edinson Cavani scoring a glorious effort against Jordan.

Other notable free-kicks include two in one match between Serbia and Wales, with Aleksandar Kolarov making his long-range shot seem effortless, while Gareth Bale showed exactly why he is now a Champions League winner.

Bale’s former team mate Jan Vertonghen also showed his free-kick mastery against Wales during the qualifying rounds, with his young Belgium side considered to be a dangerous packaged at this year’s World Cup.

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Watch the video above for other efforts from Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic, Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, Russia’s Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Poland’s Piotr Zielinski.