- England players were asked to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo in their attempt to end penalty shootout misery
- England eventually beat Colombia in the round of 16 after a dramatic penalty shootout
- The Three Lions will now face Sweden in the quarter-finals as they look to win their second World Cup trophy
England players were advised by the Football Association to copy Cristiano Ronaldo when taking penalties during their 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia.
Reports reaching YEN.com.gh indicate the FA was looking at techniques to employ to improve England's dismal record in the penalty shootouts.
It has now emerged that copying Ronaldo's penalty mastery where he takes his time before striking the ball.
The Real Madrid skipper has an efficient approach when he takes penalties which includes a few deep breathes in order to compose himself.
Another key way of improving England's poor penalty record included taking part in indoor golf-putting competitions.
According to FA technical director Dan Ashworth, the association identified penalties as a key focus for improvement ahead of the World Cup.
“We’ve got a research team on it to come back with some interesting findings,” The Telegraph quoted Ashworth.
“How are we going to get over that? Because if you’re going to win a World Cup, statistics will tell you that you’ll have to get through one round on penalties. And they had some quite inventive ways of how they dealt with that," he added.
The efforts made by England to improve their penalty shootout record appeared to have paid off on Tuesday night, July 3 when the Three Lions sunk Colombia 4-3 on penalties to advance to the last 8.
Only Jordan Henderson failed to convert for England from the penalty spot, with Carlos Bacca and Mateus Uribe missing for Colombia.
Following their dramatic win, England will now face Sweden in the quarter-finals, even as they look to win their second World Cup trophy in history.
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