Originally Posted by Guybrush Threepwood
To be fair, ze Germans have won 71% of all the penalty shoot-outs the national team has been involved in, England have won 17%. Of course there's something in it, no doubt mental and no doubt confounded for the English by the fact that we're almost set-up/prepared to lose.
I don't think England have been helped by the approach of whichever 1990s national team manager who didn't believe in practising penalties, because it was impossible to replicate the pressure situation. True enough, but practice makes permanent and can only improve the quality of penalty that the likes of Southgate, Batty and Ince delivered.