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Friendly shootouts appeal to Hodgson

Created on 25 Dec., 2012 9:38 PM GMT

England manager Roy Hodgson has suggested penalty shootouts should be staged after draws in international friendlies.

England have the worst shootout record in international football, with a success rate of just 17 per cent, and lost to Italy on spot-kicks in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

Hodgson believes practicing penalties in training does not replicate the pressure of a match situation and would like to see shootouts introduced across all international matches.

"It is a very good idea," he told reporters. "We might be able to agree with one of our opponents if the game is a draw that we have a penalty shootout."

The 65-year-old added to Sky Sports: "At least then there is a lot more relevance to a competition at the end of a friendly in front of a big crowd than there is when you are taking penalties day after day in training and watching players quite happily whizz them into the back of the net.

"And then you have got that long walk with a big crowd."

England have also suffered penalty shootout heartache at World Cups in 1990, 1998 and 2006, as well as European Championships in 1996, 2004 and 2012.

Their only success in penalties came in the quarter-final of Euro 96 against Spain.

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