Bunch of stats: Roy Hodgson, you may need these penalty-kick statistics (and pick Leighton Baines)
"All of a sudden penalties aren't goalscoring," said pundit Gary Neville last week.
"It is. It's goalscoring under the most pressure. Excellence in anything requires repetition."
Neville's comments came in the wake of Manchester United's comically bad penalty shoot-out loss to Sunderland in the League Cup, which saw the two sides convert three from 10 spot-kicks.
For some, the shoot-out was laugh-out-loud fun. Come the summer, though, it will be a different matter when England reach their inevitable 12-yard contest at the World Cup.
Will anyone be grinning if Phil Jones steps forward in a quarter-final sudden-death situation? Likewise, after Daniel Sturridge's skywards effort for Liverpool on Tuesday, can we bank on the striker to keep it together when it counts?
Perhaps, though, the answer could come in the shape of more careful preparation. So often managers have admitted to leaving it to chance, and asking "who wants one?" in a hastily arranged huddle.
Press Association Sport have put together some useful stats that England manager Roy Hodgson can put in his pocket ahead of this summer's trip to Brazil. (All data from the start of the 2001/02 season):
31 players have achieved a 50% or better penalty success rate in the Premier League (minimum qualification = ten penalties). Those who are English and still playing: Leighton Baines (100%), Frank Lampard (87.2), Andrew Johnson (85.7), Mark Noble (85.7), Darren Bent (85), Gareth Barry (78.3), Steven Gerrard (75.9), David Dunn (75), Wayne Rooney (68.2), Jermain Defoe (57.1)
If you want guarantees, look to Southampton. Club legend Matt Le Tissier missed once only in 49 attempts, and the Saints have a 100 per cent record from 20 visits to the spot in the Premier League since 2001. Adam Lallana, Ricky Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, your country may need you
Analysis shows that the best success rates come in the first 15 minutes (79.8 per cent) of a match, and also the final period (79.6). The least successful period for penalty-takers is straight after half-time, with a 71.8 per cent rate in the 46- to 60-minute bracket
Jason Puncheon and Jones got the execution horribly wrong with their floodlight-troubling recent efforts, but there was method in their incompetence. Data shows that in terms of penalties being saved, just 11 have been aimed over the mid-line of the goal; 91 have been repelled in the bottom left, 82 in the right and 22 down the middle. Conversion rates for the top parts of the goal are (left to right): 94.9 per cent, 96.7 and 93.1