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Roy Hodgson considers psychologist for England's penalty woes

Gareth Southgate after missing his penalty against Germany in 1996. Photo: Neil Munns/PA Archive

England manager Roy Hodgson is considering hiring a psychologist to help the Three Lions overcome their penalty shoot-out jinx.

Spain are the only team England have beaten in a shoot-out at a World Cup or European Championship - with goalkeeper David Seaman's heroics securing the win at Euro 1996.

Of course you get players to practise. We practise as much as any other team. There are lots of things to think about.

We are involved at the moment, reviewing if there is more things we can do. I have not closed any doors.

Every day you get ideas from psychologists, people who believe it is all in the mind.

So, as a result, we do not dismiss anything.

Hodgson knows that the expectations of the nation and the knowledge of previous failures add the nerves.

What worries me is the more we talk about it and the more we concern ourselves we pile even more pressure on our players.

We [the nation] hit them with, 'You didn't do it this time and you didn't do it the time before.'

So they go into it, now, with, 'We don't do this, we are no good at it.'

How do I manage to erase all that negativity from the last three or four penalty shoot-outs before we go into the next one?

England's woeful record in penalty shoot-outs:

  • World Cup 1990: West Germany beat England after Stuart Pearce's penalty was saved by Bodo Illgner and Chris Waddle blasted his spot-kick over the bar.
  • Euro 1996: Despite claiming their only major championship shoot-out win with a victory against Spain in the quarter-finals, England still suffered penalty woes with a semi-final defeat against Germany. Gareth Southgate's effort was saved by Andreas Kopke.
  • World Cup 1998: A memorable solo goal from Michael Owen was not enough to secure victory in normal time and misses from Paul Ince and David Batty sent England crashing out and Argentina into the next round.
  • Euro 2004: Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo scored the winning penalty having just saved Darius Vassell's effort.
  • World Cup 2006: Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher all missed against Portugal allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to seal the victory.
  • Euro 2012: Italy, a nation who lost a World Cup final on penalties, managed to beat England after a goalless draw.