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England could use psychologist to prepare for World Cup

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England manager Roy Hodgson is thinking of using a psychologist to prepare his players for facing penalties during the World Cup, reports BBC Sport.

England have only won one of their seven penalty shoot-outs in the World Cup, beating Spain in 1996.

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

"You don't get that many shots at it and you have a lot of time to regret if you don't give it your best shot."

Sir Dave Brailsford, the head of British cycling, has been asked by Hodgson if he will meet with the players before the World Cup. Hodgson is keen to use the experience from other successful British coaches for different sports to prepare is team as much possible.

Brailsford met with Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini last season as he believes both cycling and football can learn something from each other.

Brailsford is credited with the complete turn around of success of British cycling both on the track and on the road. He was successful by improving every aspect of the training and competition expectations. 

Hodgson has already met with England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster, former England cricket coach Andy Flower and British Olympic Association director of sport and World Cup winning Rugby Union Coach, Sir Clive Woodward.

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