Hodgson to consider penalty psychologist

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England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he will be seeking the advice of sport psychologist Dave Reddin to help England players in their mindset during penalty shootouts.

England have been knocked out of major tournaments on penalties three times in the past 10 years, including in the 2012 European Championships where they were beaten 4-2 by Italy.

England manager Roy Hodgson has targeted the Three Lions’ poor record as a major area for improvement, and has started by speaking to renowned psychologist Dave Reddin.

Reddin has previously worked with Jonny Wilkinson during England’s win at the 2003 rugby World Cup, as well as with Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics.

Speaking to the Sunday Express, Roy Hodgson has said he is keeping an open mind on what Reddin can offer:

"I'll be interested to see what Dave has to say on the subject.

"He was heavily involved with that part of sporting life with the Olympic team, and he's worked in rugby where kicking penalties is a crucial part of the sport. You only have to remember Jonny Wilkinson winning the rugby union World Cup final with his kicking.

"So, I have an open mind on the subject, I really have. When we lost on penalties at Euro 2012 I thought fatigue was the major factor. That was my personal experience.

"We had to work so hard over 120 minutes to keep Italy at bay in that game. We did an awful lot of running.

"But I can't say that the mental side played no part. That would be nonsense. Then mental side plays a major part in football, full stop.

"Whether someone who's a trained psychologist can help a player shoot better from a penalty, or whether coaches and managers can help - that's a discussion. Maybe there's a blend of the two."

England hope Reddin can take up his role in the New Year before England travel to Brazil for the World Cup. This week they face international friendlies against Chile and Germany.

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