24 June 2016
In a manner that mirrors a team unsure of its ability to finish off a lesser opposition in duration time, the English national team is practicing penalties ahead of its Monday clash with 47th placed Iceland side.
England captain, Wayne Rooney made it known on Thursday that “The Three Lions” are intensifying penalty practice in training ahead of the fixture against an Iceland side that many expect would be a piece of cake for the higher ranking England side; 10th.
Particularly about himself, Rooney said he is honing his penalty technique by trying to beat the goalkeeper after telling him which direction he is placing the ball.
The English team has a below par record in penalty shoot outs. At the Euro 2012, England lost to Italy on penalty shootout.
Referring to the penalty shootout experience against Italy in 2012, Rooney said it was nerve-racking even though he survived Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon’s mind games as he sent him the wrong way.
It would be recalled that England avoided a knockout clash with Portugal after the Portuguese played out a three all draw against Hungary in their last Group D encounter to finish third.