England boss Hodgson considering penalty psychologist

England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he will consider using a psychologist to ensure that his players are more mentally prepared for penalty shootouts, BBC Sport has reported.

Since 1990, England have been eliminated after losing on penalties in six major tournaments, winning just the one shootout against Spain in Euro 96. The most recent of those defeats came under Hodgson at Euro 2012, as Italy triumphed following a goalless draw.

Meanwhile, Argentina beat England at the 1998 World Cup, and Germany and Portugal have both overcome the Three Lions twice on spot-kicks.

And the 66-year-old Hodgson believes that a psychologist could help the team for a similar situation should it arise at this summer’s World Cup. He said: “We have some confident penalty-takers, but others less confident. It’s how we get to them. We need to know they are as well prepared as they can be.

“It will be about their character, their confidence and their ability to block out the next morning’s headlines. If a psychologist can find a way to block that out, then we’d be very, very happy.”

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