World Cup 2018: England to review penalty shootout plans in Russia

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England will face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in the World Cup, which starts on 14 JuneEngland manager Gareth Southgate is considering new approaches to taking penalties at the World Cup, including whether players practise them at all.England have exited six tournaments in penalty shootouts dating back to 1990.But England's World Cup-winning Under-17s have been testing spot-kick techniques and have shared findings.
That includes rating the most eager takers before a game, whether takers need practice and ensuring players have several 'go-to' penalties.England begin their World Cup campaign in Russia on 18 June against Tunisia.FA head of coach and player development Matt Crocker, who liaises with all England head coaches, said the under-17 side had benefited from changes in approach in the space of five months.Crocker told BBC Sport: "The head coaches meet once a week to discuss things like this and penalties is just one area we are looking to improve."Gareth and assistant coach Steve Holland are involved in everything that we do. They sit in on all our meetings."Having lost the European Championship Under-17 final[/i] on penalties against Spain a year ago, they tackled six key areas and beat Japan on penalties en route to their World Cup win against Spain in India last October.Six areas under consideration for the England senior side include:
Players' approach to practising penalties
How players regard penalties psychologically
How spot-kicks might affect extra-time performance
Organising before the game who will take penalties
The walk to the spot
Having more than one 'go-to' penalty

Southgate (right) and Steve Holland (left, with glasses) have been consulting with FA head of coach and player development Matt Crocker (back left)Crocker said the Under-17s players were consulted at team meetings at the National Football Centre at St George's Park.That covered everything from whether they want to take a spot-kick through to practising more than one penalty based on the opposition goalkeepers knowing where previous penalties have been placed."Rather than thinking it's about the player practising penalties every day in training, some of the players told us 'we don't want to practise them every day'," Crocker said."Those who don't need it and just want to take it in a game, because that's their style, we tailor it specific to their needs."We then set up a loads of meetings with the players, where we said, 'Here's a scale from number one and number 10. Number one is desperate to take a penalty. I thrive in that environment; I love it.'"Number 10 was, as soon as the final whistle goes, I can't wait to be in the dressing room. It's just not me. Honestly, we asked them where they sat, and some wanted to be sat in 12 or 13; there is a spectrum."
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Crocker added: "You have chats about four big areas. Going into extra-time, what are you thinking[/IMG]"The third part is the walk - how is it going to feel? It's OK to feel nervous as hell. When you spot the ball, are you going to rush it? How do you keep your same routine and rhythm as you normally would in a game?"Finally, it's your actual action in striking the ball. You might be on your third penalty of the tournament, so you might need to have more than one go-to penalty and how as a player are you going to manage those four stages?"For the penalty shootout against Japan, we were organised and on the halfway line ready, while the Japanese guys were still running round with the players still deciding."

Southgate missed a decisive penalty in the 1996 European Championship semi-final against Germany
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