Roy Hodgson might use a psychologist to help prevent more penalty pain

Roy Hodgson is ready to turn to a psychologist to ensure England avoid the heartbreak of another penalty shoot-out defeat at this summer's World Cup finals.

Hodgson also revealed Team Sky cycling chief Sir Dave Brailsford has agreed to help World Cup preparations. Brailsford will visit the squad to speak to the players ahead of England's friendly against Peru on May 30 - the final match before they fly out to their pre-tournament base in Miami. Hodgson hopes that Brailsford will inspire the England players - especially in terms of preparing themselves mentally for such a major event in their careers. The 66-year-old said: "Dave Brailsford will come and speak to us, which we are looking forward to. "He has made a commitment he's going to come and speak to us in that period of time that we have before we play Peru. "He will basically talk us about his experience and how he has found it preparing a team of the British cyclists' quality to win gold medals and to give the players a bit of a feel maybe as well that this is a fantastic occasion. "One forgets sometimes how important these tournaments are and what big occasions they are, you don't get that many shots at it and you have a lot of time to regret if you don't give it your best shot. "I bet the world is full of players who reflect back on tournaments they have had and have said 'I wish had done a bit more, I wish I had concentrated a bit more, I wish I had known then what I know now'. "Maybe Brailsford can put a few thoughts in their head."

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