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England to use a psychologist to prepare for penalties at the World Cup

Hodgson will consider all options to avoid a repeat of 2012
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Roy Hodgson’s side have been defeated via spot-kicks in six of the last ten major tournaments.

They lost to Germany in 1990 and 1996, Argentina in 1998, to Portugal in 2004 and 2006 and to Italy in 2012 and have scored from a total of 23 out of 35 spot-kicks.

"We have some confident penalty-takers, but others less confident," Hodgson told Sky Sports.

"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," he added. "If a psychologist can find a way to block that out, then we'd be very, very happy."

 
 

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