WhoScored.com Looks At England's Penalties

Penalty shoot-outs. The bane of England's existence. However, WhoScored's have looked at the stats, and they suggest England are in good shape should it go the distance...

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meanonsunday (Everton) says...

There's one point the article misses; the GK. As bad as England's penalty takers have been, the biggest reason for losing is the GK. And we're still stuck with that donkey Hart.

Posted 1:54am 8th June 2014

bobsy (Liverpool) says...

finally i wouldn't fancy a team containing jones or smalling to have got as far as pens anyway

Posted 4:14pm 4th June 2014

bobsy (Liverpool) says...

....and statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. Aaron Levenstein

Posted 4:13pm 4th June 2014

bobsy (Liverpool) says...

Statistics are just like mini-skirts, they give you good ideas but hide the most important thing - Ebbe Skovdahl

Posted 4:12pm 4th June 2014

ted, manchester (Manchester United) says...

The ones you have to worry about aren't really the 5 mentioned, it's the others. There are quite a few players in the squad who have the propensity to do something stupid/utterly bellend-ish. I wouldn't fancy Sturridge, Welbeck, Jones, Wilshire, or Smalling taking one in a shootout.

Posted 2:56pm 4th June 2014

paul_f says...

What are the odds on England finishing a game with these 5 players on the pitch? Extremely long I'd say.

Posted 1:36pm 4th June 2014

thebigshow says...

Pressure does funny things to people and as we've seen over the years footballers (particularly English ones) aren't immune when it ramps up during a penalty shoot-out. They seem to accept the challenge of scoring for their clubs with relish, the predominant feeling is that it's the chance to be the hero and there's nothing wrong with that. But for the national team at a tournament the onus switches to avoiding being the villain, the chump who misses and sends us out of the tournament, to cover the front and back pages of every national newspaper the following day. I think that's a crucial difference. Whereas ordinarily they will place it right in the corner the fear of missing brings it a foot away from the post where it is saved. Someone who strikes with power takes a little off it, scuffs it a little and it is saved. The players who can truly handle it are those who strike the ball with conviction towards the bottom corner, into the top half of the goal or just with sheer power. What is it about the English who lose all conviction at the vital time? Not to knock this article because I enjoyed the analysis but until Lambert and Baines take that long walk with the weight of a nation (and Fleet Street) on their back I'm not getting too excited.

Posted 10:54am 4th June 2014

bun9 (Manchester United) says...

What these stats don't look at is the mental side of shoot-outs. England statistically have the worst record of World Cup shoot-outs due to mental fragility. We've seen some normally great penalty takers miss them in shoot-outs for England. Alternatively Germany whom have the best record in World Cup shoot-outs have scored 17 out of 18 kicks. Take that stat in, in World Cup history Germany have only ever missed one penalty in a World Cup shoot-out.

Posted 10:53am 4th June 2014

goal_lazio says...

Ahhh well, that means baines and lambert are missing then.

Posted 10:41am 4th June 2014

goal_lazio says...

So, that's baines and lambert missing though.

Posted 10:41am 4th June 2014

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