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.”
Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has blasted the proposed £5million golden handshake for outgoing Premier League boss Richard Scudamore.Clubs in the top-flight are being asked to contribute £250,000 each to Scudamore’s farewell bonus after 20-years of service.Television executive Susanna Dinnage was named as his successor on Tuesday, however widespread outrage of Scudamore’s bonus dominated Wednesday’s back pages.And while Jordan was keen to highlight the Premier League’s great work over the last two decades, he slammed the idea of a lucrative parting gift.“It’s flawed. He’s done a good job fighting people, there were some very difficult personalities and some very difficult conundrums. 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “But this doesn’t mean he should be getting a £5million golden goodbye.“I know people are going to jump on it. The easy thing is: grassroots, grassroots.“That’s what people are going to jump on but that’s the FA’s failing. That’s not the Premier League.“The Premier League runs English football. no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF News of Susanna Dinnage’s appointment has been overshadowed Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY REVEALED RANKED huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “So if you want to turn around and say what Scudamore’s done and how clever he’s been, he’s been clever to make the FA become his poodle rather than the other way round.”The idea was reportedly suggested by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, who believes Scudamore deserves recognition for 20 years of negotiating the league’s inflation-busting broadcast deals.It is understood, however, that Scudamore, who has earned more than £26million since 1999, was unaware of the plan and is disappointed it took the spotlight off Dinnage’s arrival.