Misfiring English suggest shootouts in friendlies

England coach Roy Hodgson believes using penalties to settle

deadlocked friendlies could help reverse the country’s dismal

record in tournament shootouts.

England lost its sixth shootout from seven attempts to be

knocked out of the European Championship quarterfinals in June by

Italy.

Hodgson said his players need to overcome the ”weight of

failure” in shootouts ahead of the 2014 World Cup, so he is

focusing part of his preparations on tackling the problem.

”Maybe in one of the friendly matches, if the game finishes in

a draw, you should suggest to the opponents that, `Let’s finish it

on a penalty shootout,”’ Hodgson told Sky Sports TV.

In 2013, England has already confirmed two friendlies against

2014 World Cup host Brazil, as well as fixtures against Scotland

and Ireland.

”There is a lot more relevance to a (shootout) competition at

the end of a friendly in front of a big crowd than there is when

you are taking penalties day after day in training and watching

players quite happily whizz them into the back of the net,”

Hodgson said.

England is second in its World Cup qualifying group, two points

behind Montenegro with six matches remaining.