England coach’s out-of-the-box approach

England coach’s out-of-the-box approach

England coach’s out-of-the-box approach

By / Sports News / Tuesday, 14 November 2017 07:57

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England manager Gareth Southgate is thinking of putting his team through a mock penalty shootout before a Wembley crowd in an attempt to overcome their traditional nerves at major competitions. England have suffered shootout eliminations from six major tournaments — three World Cups and three European Championships. Their win ratio of 14 percent is the worst of any major nation involved in more than five shootouts.

Southgate famously missed from the spot against Germany in Euro 96. Statistics suggest that players have an 89 percent chance of scoring if the team’s last two shootouts have been successful. The figure drops to 57 percent if they have failed.

Southgate has decided against trialling his idea when England play Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday but has further opportunities against Italy and the Netherlands before the tournament in Russia.  

Berlin: France will have more firepower than England had in their goalless draw with Germany last week, Germany coach Joachim Loew said ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against their neighbours.

The world champions are without a home win against the French in 30 years and Loew, whose experimental team drew 0-0 at Wembley against England in a friendly on Friday, warned his players that France was a “world-class strike force.”

“It will be different than against England,” Loew told reporters on Monday. “France have a lot of quality in attack. You can swap the players around and you’ll still have a world-class attack.”

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