LONDON – In a bid to boost his team's mental strength at the World Cup, England coach Roy Hodgson said Tuesday he has hired a psychiatrist.
Hodgson said Dr. Steve Peters is the right man to help the team prepare for the trip.
Peters, who has a close relationship with England captain Steven Gerrard, has helped British cyclists Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton.
Peters' methods also seemed to work for the England rugby team, which reached the 2007 World Cup final. His list of clients also includes five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and cycling's Team Sky, which produced two Tour de France champions.