Defoe reveals penalty confidence
25 Jun 2010 - 08:05:00
Jermain Defoe has revealed that England have been practising taking penalties since their pre-World Cup training camp in Austria.
The Tottenham striker's winning goal against Slovenia on Wednesday set-up a last 16 meeting between England and Germany on Sunday.
The clash of the two old foes has raised the spectre of penalty shootouts and Defoe has revealed the Three Lions will be well prepared to take spot-kicks should the game go the distance.
England lost penalty shootouts against the Germans in 1990 and 1996 and have also exited major tournaments in 1998, 2004 and 2006 in the same heartbreaking manner.
"I feel confident. The more penalties you take in training, the more confident you feel going into the games," said the Spurs striker.
"If called upon against Germany, I'll be ready. I'll be focused on getting myself right. I'd take a penalty, 100 per cent.
"You have to be confident. Playing at this level is all in the mind. We practice penalties at the end of every training session.
"The manager gets the goalkeepers in and you have David James there standing and screaming, 'Come on, are you boys up for it?' It's always good.
"Since the Austria training camp all the lads have been taking penalties. And when you take them every day you are all quite confident."