Will practise make perfect?
Friday, 25 June, 2010
Gerrard says England are prepared for penalties, if needed.
Steven Gerrard has revealed England are practising penalties ahead of a possible shoot-out against Germany on Sunday.
The Three Lions lost on penalties at the World Cup in 2006 as well as Euro 2004 - not to mention the Italia '90 heartbreak from the spot against West Germany.
Fabio Capello's men face Germany in the last 16 on Sunday and the skipper has revealed the team are prepared for a penalty shoot-out.
"The Manager is on to the penalty takers to make sure we're doing it properly in training and not messing around," Gerrard said.
"He wants us to do in training what we do in a game: pick a spot and not change your mind. It is massive pressure. I didn't handle it in 2006, so if I'm put in that situation again I will try and deal with the pressure a lot better."