According to the Manchester United boss, English players just donâ€™t match up to countries like Germany when it comes to the pressured occasion, perhaps because they â€˜canâ€™t be botheredâ€™ to practise as much.
"You can certainly criticise Wayne (Rooney) as that was his 10th miss from the spot (against West Ham United), but at the same time I must point out missing a penalty does not faze him," Ferguson told United Review.
"Other players with different temperaments could go to pieces.
"It's a particular art. The Germans are good, especially in internationals and big competitions, and I think they practice, unlike in England - it seems we either can't be bothered - perhaps players see it as boring, or as if we regard it as almost cheating.
"We will really have to up our game in this area."