England squad going 'high tech' to 'zap' Italy in Euro quarters

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 22, 2012 12:40 hrs

England is taking the help of video technology to analyze the way Italy plays, and acquire knowledge about their weaknesses before their Euro Cup quarterfinal clash on Sunday in Kiev.

Boss Roy Hodgson is leaving no stone unturned to make sure England are fully prepared before the showdown.

His assistants, Gary Neville and Ray Lewington, are working with two England video technicians, Andy Scoulding and Steve O'Brien.

Scoulding is Liverpool's head of technical analysis and worked with Hodgson at Fulham, too. O'Brien is the Football Association's senior football analyst.

Both of them have studied Italy's matches, not just here at Euro 2012, but prior to that, searching for weaknesses in the hope of seeking an edge.

All the information is then condensed and will be presented in a 20-minute team meeting with the players.

The presentations are slick in their delivery, and coaches are using infrared zappers to make their points with carefully edited DVD footage of the team they are playing.

The coaching staff is also making use of the information supplied by Ian Butterworth, who is the England scout who has watched all three of Italy's group games.

England keeper Joe Hart has said they are fully prepared for the Italy match now, and are aware of everything about their rivals.

"Whatever the outcome on Sunday night, we won't suffer for a lack of preparation. We're very well prepared," The Daily Mail quoted Hart, as saying.

"We know everything about all the teams we play against," he added. (ANI)

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