Steven Gerrard says England are practising penalties ahead of the World Cup but insists it bears no relation to the pressure on players during the shoot-outs.

England have been beaten on penalties in six of their last 10 major championships, the last two years ago when they lost to Italy in the quarter-finals of the European Championship.

Gerrard, who was on target during that decider having missed from the spot six years earlier against Portugal, told the BBC: "We are going to practise penalties a lot but it is a difficult situation to put into words and describe it.

"There is a lot of pressure. You have an awful lot more time to think about your penalty and what is at stake is a lot bigger and it is a pressure situation.

"A penalty shoot-out is a more pressurised situation than any one penalty in a league game.