Whilst England have won only 17% of their penalty shootouts, Germany and Argentina have won over 70%. Even Denmark and the Czech Republic have higher success rates. So why is it that even these smaller footballing nations have significantly more penalty success than England? Jordet identified an "ego-threat" which can cause athletes to change their behaviour when they perceive a situation as being potentially harmful or threatening to their status.
It was an international debut to remember for Andros Townsend with a man of the match performance against Montenegro and a brilliant solo goal to boot. He has shown England fans that despite criticisms of the system, promising young players are making it through and impressing.
The thing with England and football, is that we're prone to erraticism. Rarely are we satisfied with our national side and seldom do we expect realistic achievements. Usually this is because a familiar process happens: 'we won a game, going to win the tournament' ...'oh we've not won it, we're rubbish after all'.
A ball has yet to be kicked, and already Euro 2012 has become the most controversial football tournament in recent memory.