England bring in psychologist

  • Last Updated: March 4 2014, 17:40 GMT

England manager Roy Hodgson has named Dr Steven Peters as the psychologist he has entrusted to work with his squad - as captain Steven Gerrard praised him as the man he feels has allowed him to play his best football.

Hodgson: Confirmed Dr Steven Peters will work with England squad
Hodgson: Confirmed Dr Steven Peters will work with England squad

Peters was been working closely with Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side of recent times but Gerrard has used his methods for a longer period.

Now Hodgson will turn to Peters' specialist skills to help his players while they are away from home and attempting to deal with the pressures of representing their country in a World Cup.

With Dr Peters having a background in sport, Hodgson is happy to have brought in a man he hopes will fill the role perfectly.

"It is not just any psychologist," he said.

"It is Dr Steve Peters who is a very famous man in that area.

"He has a great CV of working in different sports and has been doing some work with Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers so Steve knows him well.

"It is something we have spoken about for some time but we wanted to get the right man - luckily Brendan allowed me to speak to Steve Peters and he has accepted our invitation so we are very pleased about that.

"We are really happy that we got the man we wanted, someone who can understand the football environment and join us rather than lecture to the players."

It was widely anticipated Hodgson had looked to bring in a psychologist to help his players' mind-sets in case of any penalty shoot-out scenarios in Brazil.

Gerrard was full of praise for Peters, who has also worked with British Cycling, and claimed his best performances for both club and country have come on the back of the sessions he has had.

"He has helped me an awful lot from a personal point of view," the Liverpool skipper said.

"I feel I have found my best form for England and Liverpool since seeing Steve. I have been seeing him for three years now.

"He has been at the club [Liverpool] for a year but I first saw him when I had a big groin problem in 2010 and I feared for my career and so I went to see him in a one-on-one situation a couple of times.

"He can teach you what goes on in your head and help you with your preparation - I didn't know what was going on in my head until I saw him."

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