FIFA World Cup: England Seek Help for Mind Games

The English team is banking as much on their football skills as on Steve Peters - a sports psychologist who has been hired to instill a killer instinct during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

updated: June 06, 2014 09:27 IST
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London: Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo as their clinical penalty marksman, but if England are thrust into another World Cup sudden death clash their heads may turn to Steve Peters.

The renowned sports psychologist has been hired to put steel into a squad often shown to lack killer instinct and which has the World Cup's worst penalty shootout record.

England lost on penalties in 1990, 1998 and against Ronaldo's Portugal in the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals. Germany, by comparison, have played four and won four.

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