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Shearer hopes England avoid Italy penalty shootout

23 Jun 2012 13:47:08

Shearer hopes England avoid Italy penalty shootout

Former England striking great Alan Shearer wants England to avoid yet more penalty shoot-out heartache when they face Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final in Kiev on Sunday.

"I would not wish the experience of taking it on my worst enemy," Shearer said in his column in the Sun tabloid on Saturday.

"I used to be supremely confident in my ability to score from the spot. I took part in three shootouts, two in Euro '96 and one at France '98 -- and scored in them all.

"Yet I can still remember how it felt in those seconds before," the former Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle striker recalled.

"The walk from the centre circle to the penalty box is about 40 yards but it feels like four miles.


AFP

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