Help Needed From Psychologist?

30 June 2012 11:25
Should players get help from a sports psychologist to score penalties?

One thing is certain . when England miss a penalty shoot out, the individuals make a lot of money from TV adverts.

Chris Waddle, Stuart Pearce and Gareth Southgate fluffed their lines from 12 yards, but made a mint in TV adverts.

However . Southgate has called on England to appoint a sports psychologist in an effort to avoid yet more penalty shoot-out pain

England's latest failure at the hands of Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals has got the former England international thinking.

Gareth Southgate: "I'm a big believer in sports psychology.

"Every major tennis player would work with somebody, every major golfer too, then everybody tells me 'football's different' but I can't see why.

"I'm sure it would have benefited me, definitely. It's not about luck.

"It is about performing a skill under pressure. I wasn't able to do that. I was going into the darkness. We need strategies for dealing with stress.

"Now there is a long history of disappointment and it's in everybody's heads," he added in quotes reported by several national newspapers.

"Our penalty history has an impact on the whole nation."



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