Upon returning from his
holiday investigative trip to Brazil, Roy Hodgson tackled the thorny issue of penalty shootouts.
The Three Lions have lost six of seven shootouts in major tournaments, with the victory over Spain at Euro 96 proving the only time they could outscore their opponents from 12 yards. Clearly, something greater than bad luck is at play.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hodgson expressed his willingness to bring a psychologist to Brazil to help the team overcome their confidence stumbling block:
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.
Plenty of top clubs employ sports psychologists to help assess their young talent, but it doesn't seem likely that many use them to cure penalty yips.
Regardless, here are five other ways England could help eliminate penalty shootout disappointment...