Italy’s World Cup opponents England have brought in a sports psychologist to help them prepare, revealed Roy Hodgson.
The England manager made the announcement during a Press conference ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Denmark.
“It’s not just any psychologist either – it’s Dr Steve Peters who is a very famous man in that area,” said Hodgson.
“He has a great CV of working in different sports and has been doing some work with Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers.
“It is something we have spoken about for some time but we wanted to get the right man – luckily Brendan let me talk to Steve and he has accepted our invitations so we are happy with that.”
Italy play their opening 2014 World Cup game against England on June 14 in Group D along with Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Steven Gerrard was also part of the Press conference and revealed he’s known Dr Peters since 2010.
“He’s helped me an awful lot from a personal point of view. I’ve been seeing Steve for three years even though he’s only been at the club for a year.
“I first saw him when I had a big groin problem back in 2010 – I had a groin avulsion where it had come off the bone. I feared for my career so I went to see him in a one-on-one situation a couple of times.
“I really liked the work he did with me so I went back to see him a couple of times and I have seen an awful lot more of him since he has been with Liverpool.
“I feel as though he can help the players if the players buy into what he’s trying to do.”
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