Why Psychopaths Make The Best Penalty-takers

Stuart Pearce scores penalty against Spain at Euro 1996

As England go into their round of 16 match against Colombia on Tuesday, a world expert on psychopathy, has warned them that their chances of winning a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time would be significantly enhanced by having ‘psychopaths’ among their spot-kickers.

Dr Kevin Dutton, the author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths, defines psychopaths as “individuals with a distinct subset of personality characteristics [which] include ruthlessness, fearlessness, self-confidence, coolness under pressure, charisma, narcissism and emotional detachment.”

Read the full article in The Times.