Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of England wasn’t one that will live long in the memory, but the most important thing is that he secured all three points.
With virtually the last kick of the game, Adam Lallana struck to spare Allardyce’s blushes.
If the new England boss didn’t think he had his work cut out with this job before Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, he certainly will now.
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Allardyce has only worked with the England squad for a matter of days but has already noticed that the players are still suffering, mentally, after the embarrassment of Euro 2016.
Under the management of Allardyce’s predecessor, Roy Hodgson, England were knocked out of the tournament in the last 16 following a humiliating 2-1 defeat to Iceland.
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Allardyce has called on the help of mind healers
Allardyce, according to the Daily Mail, has now taken action to help the players still suffering from the trauma caused by the team’s premature exit at the European Championships.
How? By calling on the help of mind healers.
Sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? However, Allardyce is confident that Lane 4 - the elite performance company set up by former Olympic swimming champions Adrian Moorhouse - will have a positive impact on the players.
Allardyce explains why he's using Lane 4
Allardyce told reporters: “These are a company with many facets in their locker and we’ll use them on a consistent basis to help the players build a bit more resilience; so they are able to cope with pressure better.”
Dr Steve Paters didn't exactly pan out
Lane 4 have been introduced as an alternative to Dr Steve Peters, the revered sports psychiatrist who was brought in by Roy Hodgson to help ease the pressure on the players.
It clearly didn’t have the desired effect.
Under Hodgson, and with the help of Peters, England suffered embarrassment at both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.
England fans will be praying that Lane 4 can work their magic with the current squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
What is the problem with England players? Why are they so mentally fragile? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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