England manager Roy Hodgson to use sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters leading up to World Cup

Hodsgon has Photo: PA

Roy Hodgson has confirmed he will use a sports psychiatrist in the lead-up to the World Cup - naming Dr Steve Peters as the man who will help prepare his players for the challenges in Brazil.

Peters, who has worked closely with Liverpool and has a long-standing relationship with England captain Steven Gerrard, will be involved with Hodgson's squad and the manager is pleased to have him on board.

"It is not just any psychologist," he said.

"It is Dr Steve Peters, who is a very famous man in that area.

"He has a great CV of working in different sports and has been doing some work with Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers so Steve knows him well.

"It is something we have spoken about for some time but we wanted to get the right man - luckily Brendan let me talk to Steve and he has accepted our invitations so we are happy with that."

Peters has also worked successfully with the Great Britain cycling team and five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Hodgson also reacted to Kyle Walker's withdrawal from Wednesday's friendly at home to Denmark and confirmed Glen Johnson is now set to earn his 50th cap.

"It is unfortunate of course," Hodgson said of Walker's hip injury.

"He hasn't played for the last two or three games and we were hoping he would recover but he needs at least another week before he will be fit to play.

"He was with us last night, we had a 'Brazil' meeting to put our plans forward.

"There aren't that many defenders so there is a good chance, if you insist I tell you Glen Johnson will get his 50th cap at right-back then I can say yes."

Steve Peters, the “mind mechanic” of British Cycling has worked with Team GB. Credit: PA

Gerrard is joined in the England squad by Liverpool team-mates Johnson, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson and the skipper wants to see their club form relate into a good international showing if they are selected.

"I think we have got five in the squad and everyone is in good form and feeling confident," he said.

"If everyone is selected hopefully they can bring their performances tomorrow night. We are happy with where we are in the table.

"You have got to give credit to Brendan Rogers - if you are good enough he plays you. He is not scared and he has been paid back by them with top-class performances."