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

Hodgson keeps open pens mind

Roy Hodgson admits sports psychologist Dave Reddin could help England beat their penalty blues ahead of next summer's World Cup.

Last Updated: 10/11/13 at 13:46 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: Keeping an open mind on how to improve penalty-taking

Roy Hodgson: Keeping an open mind on how to improve penalty-taking

The Three Lions lost to Italy on penalties in last year's European Championships quarter-final, the latest exit from a major tournament in such a manner.

The FA have appointed Reddin - who helped Jonny Wilkinson during England's 2003 rugby union World Cup triumph and who also worked with Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics - as their new head of performance services.

Reddin will take up his role early in the New Year and Hodgson admits he is keen to speak to him, having an 'open mind' regarding how to improve penalty taking.

Interested

The England boss told the Sunday Express: "I'll be interested to see what Dave has to say on the subject.

"He was heavily involved with that part of sporting life with the Olympic team, and he's worked in rugby where kicking penalties is a crucial part of the sport. You only have to remember Jonny Wilkinson winning the rugby union World Cup final with his kicking.

"So, I have an open mind on the subject, I really have. When we lost on penalties at Euro 2012 I thought fatigue was the major factor. That was my personal experience.

"We had to work so hard over 120 minutes to keep Italy at bay in that game. We did an awful lot of running.

"But I can't say that the mental side played no part. That would be nonsense. Then mental side plays a major part in football, full stop.

"Whether someone who's a trained psychologist can help a player shoot better from a penalty, or whether coaches and managers can help - that's a discussion. Maybe there's a blend of the two."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

England: Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs can become next Ashley Cole

Arsene Wenger believes Kieran Gibbs can follow Ashley Cole's example and become England's first choice left-back.

Gerry Francis believes Roy Hodgson should now look to his younger players

Gerry Francis believes the forthcoming international fixtures are the perfect time for Roy Hodgson to field new talent.

Scholes blasts City 'atmosphere'

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has strongly criticised the atmosphere at Manchester City's Champions League tie against Roma.

Mail Box

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

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