England’s performance at this year’s European Championships in France was so pitiful we didn’t even get far enough to display our total lack of preparedness by being ignominiously defeated on penalties. But being defeated in the twelve-yard roulette is as much a part of our English-ness as cod and chips.
Choking under pressure is a common occurrence in sport. Increased levels of arousal are seen to have deleterious impact on performance across a range of sports (and most other disciplines). The more successful a performer is at managing that stress, the less likely they are to suffer from…
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