Football: Gerrard warns against England's fixation with penalty shoot-outs

England's Steven Gerrard runs with the ball during his team's first training session in Miami, Florida on June 3, 2014. England captain Steven Gerrard said on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, that he is not worried about the prospect of a penalty shoot-
England's Steven Gerrard runs with the ball during his team's first training session in Miami, Florida on June 3, 2014. England captain Steven Gerrard said on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, that he is not worried about the prospect of a penalty shoot-out at the World Cup despite his country's terrible record at spot-kicks. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - England captain Steven Gerrard said on Wednesday that he is not worried about the prospect of a penalty shoot-out at the World Cup despite his country's terrible record at spot-kicks.

England have been eliminated on penalties at the World Cup in 1990, 1998 and 2006 and also fell in shoot-outs at the European Championship in 1996, 2004 and 2012.

Gerrard scored as England went out to Italy at Euro 2012, but saw a penalty saved in 2006 when his side were beaten by Portugal in the World Cup quarter-finals in Germany.

Penalty shoot-outs have become something of a national obsession in England, but Gerrard says that he and his team-mates cannot afford to become obsessed by them.

"I can understand the fixation because we have failed in quite a few shoot-outs, but I would say don't get carried away with it because it might never come about," he told BBC Radio 5 Live from Miami, where he is taking part in a pre-tournament training camp.

"As players, hopefully we perform well enough in 90 minutes or 120 minutes to prevent it going to a shoot-out. But we will be ready for a shoot-out if it comes around."