England boss Roy Hodgson has brought in a sports psychiatrist to aid them in their preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Sky Sports reports.
Psychiatrist Dr. Steven Peters is well renowned for his previous work with snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, as well as English cyclists and currently employed by Liverpool.
Hodgson, who was speaking at the press conference before the England friendly with Denmark, declared his delight at the services of Dr. Peters.
“Yes we are (bringing a sports psychiatrist in),” Hodgson said. “It’s not just any psychologist either, it’s 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 quite well.
“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.”
Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard also stated that he’s work with Dr. Peters since 2010.
“He’s helped me an awful lot from a personal point of view,” Gerrard said. “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.”