John Terry is ready to take a penalty kick for England at Euro 2012 if required, according to a source close to the player.
The Daily Star claims that the Chelsea defender has already told Roy Hodgson he’s ready to be included if any of the knockout matches go beyond 120 minutes, starting against Italy in the quarter-final on Sunday night.
Terry infamously missed a penalty against Manchester United in 2008, slipping in the Moscow rain to hit a post in the Champions League final. Had he scored, the Blues would have won. Instead, the Red Devils went on to lift the trophy in sudden death.
That was four year ago however, and Terry won’t shirk the responsibility if Hodgson calls upon the 31-year-old.
“John will step up to the plate. He has confidence in his own ability. He will take one if needed,” a friend of the player told the national newspaper.
Having been knocked out of five major tournaments on penalties in the last 22 years, Hodgson is understandably taking the possibility of a shootout seriously moving into the last eight.
The former West Brom boss has already got his players practicing from 12 yards in Poland and Ukraine, and will be taking the sessions seriously from now on.
“We have practised already, we have used the time after training sessions to practice. We’ll obviously take it even more seriously now,” said the Three Lions chief.
“But you well know, you can practise penalty shoot-outs until the cows come home, it’s really your composure, your confidence, your ability to block everything out and forget the occasion that means you score or you don’t score.”