Southgate Asks England Players to Practice Penalty Ahead of World Cup


GARETH Southgate has asked England players to practice more penalties after vowing to lead the Three Lions to World Cup glory.

The England national team lost on penalties to Italy in last year’s European Cup final.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sandho, and Bukayo Saka failed to score a penalty in the match at Wembley Stadium.

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Southgate, who also missed a penalty when England lost on penalties to Germany in the 1996 European Cup semi-finals, believes success in scoring a penalty comes from repeated practice.

Speaking ahead of the friendly match against Ivory Coast, Wednesday (30/3) early morning WIB, Southgate said the smallest detail would be crucial at the World Cup in Qatar.

“We’ve discussed things with the players about things we can improve on to become world champions,” said Southgate.

“We didn’t have that opportunity after the European Cup because we played directly in the World Cup qualifying match. So, right now, it’s a good time to prepare to play in Qatar, Penalty is one of them.”

“Regarding the penalty takers at their club, we only have Harry Kane and James Ward-Prowse.”

“When we played Italy, their penalty takers had scored more than 40 penalties in official matches. Kane was at that level followed by Rashford with 20.”

“Therefore, we feel the penalty practice is the right one and will be able to improve the ability of the players,” he said.

England are semifinalists for the 2018 World Cup and finalists for the Euro 2020. However, they have not won any titles since becoming World Cup champions in 1966. (AFP/OL-1)