As the final hours count down to the last game of the group, it appears that many of the England players are in turmoil, faced with the potential glory or gruesome slating they are about to receive by their fans and the media.

Performance under extreme pressure is as challenging in business as it is in sport and team players have to work on perfecting their own game whilst covering the gaps in their defence left by colleagues.

The first two games for England have shown the damage that performance anxiety can have on the end result.

At Psycuity, we understand the importance of the psychology of sport and its relevance to the world of business. Working with Sale Sharks and other sporting personalities, we know that unmanageable levels of anxiety can hinder natural talent and ability, making players become tense, rigid and prone to mistakes. (let’s not forget Robert Green.)

The key is self confidence. When you’re under pressure, people who have confidence in their abilities are more likely to have a positive reaction and thrive on the challenge. Worry and confidence are at opposite ends of the spectrum – when confidence is strong, it tends to crowd out worry.

It’s debatable if this is the best team that England has ever fielded, but a boost in confidence is exactly what the team needs.

Individually, players can try visualisation techniques (think Rooney, foot, goal, cheer), progressive muscle relaxation and cognitive restructuring.

Fans could try this – stop booing and demonstrate confidence in your team’s abiliIities to beat Slovenia. Cheer, stamp your feet, jump up and down and tell the lads that we know they can do it. The Kiwis have The Haka the South African’s have the Vuvuzella and we have three lions on our chest – so let them roar.

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