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
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
”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,”
England is second in its World Cup qualifying group, two points
behind Montenegro with six matches remaining.