Hodgson enlisted Peters, who also works under Brenden Rodgers at Liverpool (©GettyImages)
Hodgson enlisted Peters, who also works under Brenden Rodgers at Liverpool (©GettyImages).

England need to look at themselves after World Cup flop

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Steven Gerrard revealed in March that Dr. Steve Peters saved his career three years ago. 

After two abysmal performances at the World Cup, it seems even the acclaimed Dr. Peters couldn't save Gerrard and his side's inevitable disappointment at a major tournament, again.

Now, with England being knocked-out for the first time after only two matches being played, Gerrard may retire from England duties altogether and he may not thank Dr. Peters for that one.

Wayne Rooney also said a month less then a month ago, he would seek Peters' help:

"I've never done something like that before but it's interesting and if it can give you an extra couple of per cent, then it's worth doing," Rooney said. 

Despite Rooney's first goal at a World Cup, lets not kid ourselves, it was a tap-in; indeed he was in the right place at the right time, but the same could be said for the header which hit the cross-bar, except he didn't score that one.

So what has the psychologist actually done for this England side? 

Watching England's game against Uruguay was hard for any fan, especially after the excitement of equalising eased. 

After building pressure on Uruguay for 15-20 minutes and scoring, as Uruguay came forward, England defaulted to defending in the style of, "backs to the wall." 


Panic and fear took over this side, and it was evident that any confidence or morale boost they received, if any, had disappeared. 

Roy Keane said in The Mirror recently how ridiculous the idea of appointing a psychologist was for England:

"The sports psychologist should be the manager,” insisted the former Ireland international.

“Brian Clough was the best sports psychologist for me and Alex Ferguson was good.

“I heard Peters speak at Wembley two years ago and we should be open-minded and not knock it.

“But don’t think, for one minute, that if it gets to penalties in an England game that the players on the pitch are going to look over and forget about Roy Hodgson and look where Steve Peters is and go, ‘The chimp is out’.”

However, England haven't even gotten to the knockout stages, they won't even get the chance to see if Peters' has had any impact on their penalty taking, as they forgot the most important thing in a World Cup, and that's to qualify out of your group. 

We've all knocked England in the past for being too negative, and not attacking enough, but does England's World Cup run in Brazil not make us look naive? 

If anything, this is a time to recognise and appreciate England's past defences, which performed ruthlessly in the past, such as in 2004, with Terry and Campbell at the heart of the defence along side Cole and Neville at full-back. 

Despite losing on penalties that day, England defended valiantly and should've won the game if Campbell's header wasn't disallowed, however England did score two goals in the quarter-finals, and it was positive. 

England had no such psychologist at that tournament, it was purely down to fine details, such as Rooney's injury, so why haven't England pushed on?

10 years on, England haven't progressed, we still ask ourselves the same questions, after each disappointing tournament, yet none of them ever seem to be answered, instead more rise. 

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