WORLD CUP: Pepperell backing Dr Peters to boost England's hopes

Dr Steve Peters (left) with Trevor Brooking and Roy Hodgson

Dr Steve Peters (left) with Trevor Brooking and Roy Hodgson

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

ENGLAND’S footballers will benefit from having Dr Steve Peters on board for their World Cup campaign, according to an Oxfordshire star who has had a session with the heralded psychologist.

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson recruited Peters to work with the squad for the trip to Brazil after a host of success stories across sport.

Five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins are among those who have sought his help.

Abingdon’s European Tour golfer Eddie Pepperell (pictured above) has also spent time with him.

The 23-year-old said: “I think he can be really beneficial to a certain type of person. “I went and saw him and thought he was fantastic – his knowledge is incredible. “It’s a brilliant principle for the right person and it can work wonders.

“I felt it worked for me.”

The psychologist’s most famous work is in the book The Chimp Paradox, which argues the key to top performances lies in taming your inner chimp – the illogical part of your brain.

While the benefits are more obvious in solo sports, Liverpool appeared to receive a boost while working with Peters last season.

Although manager Hodgson has said the move was made to assist players generally, the appointment has been seen by many as a way to help England prepare for a potential penalty shoot-out.

Pepperell, whose focus will be on his own tournaments rather than what happens in Brazil, is intrigued to see how it would work for a group.

He said: “The Chimp Paradox is a great concept. “He can make you feel very comfortable with having negative thoughts. We all have them.

“As soon as you accept that, it allows you to relax and play without pressure.

“For the team, it might be spot-on, but football and golf are hugely different.

“He’s done wonders with Liverpool, and hopefully England can do well. “I’m not hugely into football, but if they start doing well, then great.”

Latest Sport news

Collins: Whing's return has boosted everyone at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

11:30am Friday 24th October 2014

THE presence of Andy Whing back in the Oxford United side has prompted other players to raise their game, according to Michael Collins.

Carlisle boss calls for faster start against Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

11:20am Friday 24th October 2014

KEITH Curle has demanded a strong start from Carlisle United when they host Oxford United at Brunton Park tomorrow.

FOOTBALL Rising star Roberts eager for Oxford United first-team action as Morris returns to Norwich

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 24th October 2014

James Roberts is in no mood to rest on his laurels as the young Oxford United striker looks to feature in a fourth successive game when they visit Carlisle United tomorrow.

Potter changes mood to rediscover swagger for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Friday 24th October 2014

ALFIE Potter says the secret to his return to form has been learning to enjoy football again after a difficult spell.

Oxford United pin Cambridge scoreline up in dressing room as motivation

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 24th October 2014

MICHAEL Collins has revealed Oxford United are using a reminder of their hammering at Cambridge United to get fired-up for games.

Oxford United boss encouraged by Hoskins progress

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 24th October 2014

WILL Hoskins continues to be well ahead of schedule in his recovery from a groin injury.

Yellow Army Day scheduled for Oxford United's clash with Wycombe

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Friday 24th October 2014

OXFORD United’s next home game has been designated as Yellow Army Day by the club’s supporters’ group.

RUGBY UNION: London Welsh given French lesson by Bordeaux, says Burnell

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Justin Burnell admitted London Welsh had received some big rugby lessons as they crashed to a 52-20 home defeat to Bordeaux Begles at the Kassam Stadium last night.

Caterham F1 staff in dark over future after being locked out of Leafield Technical Centre

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

STAFF at Caterham Formula 1 were last night left in the dark over their future after being locked out of the motor racing team’s West Oxfordshire base.

BADMINTON: Oxon youngsters make it two out of two

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Oxfordshire Under 17s continued their perfect start to the Shires County League season with a 13-7 victory over a strong Dorset side at Bartholomew School, Eynsham.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree