Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v San Marino

Thursday, 09 October 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

St Jakob Park

Last Game

Switzerland 0 - 2 England

Monday, 08 September 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Roy ready to use psychologist

Roy Hodgson is ready to turn to a psychologist to ensure England avoid the heartbreak of another penalty shoot-out defeat at this summer's World Cup finals.

Last Updated: 28/02/14 at 09:43 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Hodgson's England trod a familiar path to the exit of a major tournament at Euro 2012, losing out on spot-kicks to quarter-final opponents Italy.

And the manager told a The Footballers' Football Show England special on Monday he is determined to give his players the best chance of succeeding in Brazil where their recent predecessors have failed six times since 1990.

Sitting alongside Adrian Bevington, the Football Association's chief planner for the summer, and Glenn Hoddle, another England boss to suffer a shoot-out defeat, Hodgson said: "I'm not averse to using a psychologist.

"We are considering, with Adrian's help, 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.

"I think there's another possibility we should be encouraging payers 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.

"Maybe we'll have target area No 1 and target area No 2 and we'll insist the player hits those targets. There are a lot of things that can be done but the bottom line is always going to be there'll be players who are less confident than others.

"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."

Both Hodgson and Bevington made it clear during an hour of in-depth conversation nothing is being left to chance ahead of the finals, and last year's appointment of Dave Reddin as head of performance services was made partly with sports psychology in mind.

Hodgson said: "Since we appointed (elite development director) Dan Ashworth and Dave Reddin we have people looking very much into the sports scientific aspect of football, and I'm sure they'll have one or two ideas on the subject.

"People like myself and my coaches Ray Lewington and Gary Neville are all ears - we're not writing anything off. If someone could come up with some foolproof, innovative way of making certain an England player will never miss another penalty I can assure that person I'll implement it straight away."

Hoddle has seen both sides of a penalty for England - as taker and manager - and believes the key to a successful kick is mastering your emotions on the walk to the spot.

He said: "It's the worst walk in football - the walk from the halfway line to the spot. Taking a penalty technically isn't the problem."

Hodgson also revealed Team Sky cycling chief Sir Dave Brailsford has agreed to help World Cup preparations.

Brailsford will visit the squad to speak to the players ahead of England's friendly against Peru on May 30 - the final match before they fly out to their pre-tournament base in Miami.

Hodgson hopes that Brailsford will inspire the England players - especially in terms of preparing themselves mentally for such a major event in their careers.

The 66-year-old said: "Dave Brailsford will come and speak to us, which we are looking forward to.

"He has made a commitment he's going to come and speak to us in that period of time that we have before we play Peru.

"He will basically talk us about his experience and how he has found it preparing a team of the British cyclists' quality to win gold medals and to give the players a bit of a feel maybe as well that this is a fantastic occasion.

"One forgets sometimes how important these tournaments are and what big occasions they are, you don't get that many shots at it and you have a lot of time to regret if you don't give it your best shot.

"I bet the world is full of players who reflect back on tournaments they have had and have said 'I wish had done a bit more, I wish I had concentrated a bit more, I wish I had known then what I know now'.

"Maybe Brailsford can put a few thoughts in their head."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Champions League: Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart left to rue late Bayern Munich winner

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted Jerome Boateng's late winner for Bayern Munich felt like a kick in the teeth.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property