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Roy Hodgson considering using psychologist at World Cup to help overcome England’s penalty ‘problem’


Roy Hodgson considering using psychologist at World Cup to help overcome England's penalty 'problem'


World Cup woes: Wayne Bridge consoles England team-mate John Terry following England’s quarter-final defeat to Portugal at Germany 2006 Photo: GETTY IMAGES




England
manager Roy Hodgson is considering using a psychologist to help his side
avoid more penalty heartbreak at the World
Cup
finals in Brazil later this year.

“I’m not averse to using a psychologist,” the 66-year-old told Sky
Sports
.

“We are considering the possibility of inviting someone with us but I
think it’s very important they’re someone who is part of the group. I’m not
sure just suddenly shipping someone in to give the players a lecture would
work.

England have suffered a miserable record in penalty shootouts, having been
knocked out of six tournaments since 1990 after failing from the spot,
including their quarter-final defeat by Italy at the 2012 European
Championships, Hodgson’s first event in charge of the national team.

Their only success in that period came in a quarter-final win over Spain at
Euro 1996, and Hodgson said he was prepared to enlist the help of a
professional to help his players prepare, as well as spending time
practising on the training pitch.

“I think there’s another possibility, we should be encouraging players to
know their penalty, to practise that penalty. When you practise penalties
within your group the goalkeeper knows the players, so maybe we won’t do it
with a goalkeeper.

“It’s a matter of how we assure ourselves that when those players go up
they are as well prepared as they can be. In the final analysis it will be
their character, their confidence and their ability to block out tomorrow
morning’s headlines.”

“Some players are good at that, other players find it harder. If a
psychologist can find a way of getting a player to block that out we’ll be
very, very happy.”

However, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen seemed to disagree with the
idea, saying: “…announcing it to the world makes it a much bigger mental
issue than just keeping it in house.”

Hodgson has also invited Sir Dave Brailsford,
the man who helped grow British cycling into a global force, to speak to his
players, most likely ahead of England’s friendly against Peru on May 30.

England have been drawn alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D in
Brazil.


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Roy Hodgson considering using psychologist at World Cup to help overcome England’s penalty ‘problem’

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