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English players struggling with penalty duties

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Have you ever heard the saying "my granny could have scored that"? Well, Daniel Sturridge is the latest from a list of English players to sky the ball from just 12 yards out.

It's time for people's grannies to start wiping the cobwebs off their boots and start hitting the training ground with some of the professionals to tell them how to hit the target from the spot.

Sturridge, against Everton on Tuesday night, stepped up to the plate for Liverpool and somehow managed to hit the ball into row Z with the goal at his mercy.

Sturridge, however, is not the only player that won't be top of the list for spot-kick takers for England this summer as Craig Gardner, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Adam Johnson all failed to score in a dramatic shoot-out between Manchester United and Sunderland last week in the Capital One Cuo semi-fina.

Johnson was the only one of the four to hit the target but had his penalty saved by David de Gea. All the rest seemed to hit the fans behind the goal.

With respect to Gardner and Johnson who may not be selected for the English squad, Welbeck and Jones would want to work on their basic skills before the trip to South America. 

As Roy Hodgson was more than likely looking on and watching for a team to take to Brazil, penalties will surely not be too far down his list of things to work on.

Football clubs won't be so quick to select an English player to take the next peno after what has been witnessed in the last few weeks.

With Brazil only a few months away, the English camp will be worried, especially given their previous penalty shootout heartbreaks. Who will knock them out this year? 

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