Euro 2012

England - Shearer hopes England avoid Italy penalty shootout

Former England striking great Alan Shearer wants England to avoid yet more penalty shoot-out heartache when they face Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final in Kiev on Sunday.

"I would not wish the experience of taking it on my worst enemy," Shearer said in his column in the Sun tabloid on Saturday.

"I used to be supremely confident in my ability to score from the spot. I took part in three shootouts, two in Euro '96 and one at France '98 -- and scored in them all.

"Yet I can still remember how it felt in those seconds before," the former Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle striker recalled.

"The walk from the centre circle to the penalty box is about 40 yards but it feels like four miles.

Former England player Alan Shearer plays during the UNICEF Soccer Aid charity football match between England and the Rest of the World, at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on June 6 2010. Soccer Aid is the brainchild of British singer Robbie Williams and all money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers of ITV during the match will go towards UNICEFs work helping children around the world. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES


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