Gareth Southgate insists England well prepared for penalties ahead of last 16 clash

first_img 2 Gareth Southgate says his England players will be fully prepared for any penalty shoot-outs in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup.The Three Lions will take on Colombia next Tuesday in the last 16, in the clash that offers England the chance to win a first knockout match since 2006. England may have to go the distance against the South Americans, meaning their vulnerability from the spot could become clear once more.The senior team have lost six of their seven penalty shoot-outs at major tournaments – a statistic manager Southgate knows all too well about, having missed his spot-kick in the Euro 96 semi-final against Germany.But the former defender is determined his England side will be better prepared as they prepare for the World Cup knockout phase.“In terms of penalties, we’ve been practising and going through strategies on them since March,” Southgate said after Thursday’s 1-0 group-stage defeat to Belgium.“We’ve done various different studies and had individual practice. Harry Kane has scored two penalties for England at the World Cup 2 Gareth Southgate says England have been preparing for penalties “We’ll obviously go through that in a little more detail now, but it would have been too late to start that now, three days away from a game.“We are aware the margins are going to be really fine in these knockout phases, and we have got to be prepared physically to go to extra-time if needed, mentally to go to extra-time – and to go beyond that if that’s what it takes.”last_img

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