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Football: psychologist may prepare England team for World Cup penalty shootouts

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Football: psychologist may prepare England team for World Cup penalty shootouts

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Manager of the England football team Roy Hodgson has said he will consider using a psychologist to ensure his players are prepared for penalties at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

Out of the last ten major tournaments England have qualified for, six have ended in defeat via penalty shootouts.

They last won on penalties when they beat Spain in the quarter finals of Euro ’96.

Keen not to have a repeat of England’s defeat against Italy two years ago in the quarter final of the Euros, Hodgson says he is determined to give his players the best chance of succeeding where their former team members have failed.