Hodgson may use psychologist to avoid penalty pain

Roy Hodgson said he may use a psychologist to prevent England experiencing more penalty heartache at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

England have lost six out of their seven shoot-outs at major tournaments, with Hodgson's side losing on penalties against Italy at Euro 2012.

Roy Hodgson has said he is considering using a psychologist to help England avoid more penalty heartbreak. Credit: PA Wire

"I'm not averse to using a psychologist," Hodgson told Sky Sports.

"We are considering, with Adrian's [Bevington] help, the possibility of inviting someone with us but I think it's very important they're someone who is part of the group. I'm not sure just suddenly shipping someone in to give the players a lecture would work.

"We have some confident penalty-takers, but others less confident and it's how we get to them," the England manager added.

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