As we all know, last year’s Euro 2020 tournament has been postponed, but the day has finally come when the end is near and the final is just around the corner.
As tournament favorites and constant from the start, Italy will meet another constant team, England, where both nations will try to make history with a win.
After Italy beat Spain on penalties in the semi-finals, Italy have been unbeaten since Matchday 1, beating Belgium and then Spain.
England have also been unbeaten since the first day of the match, defeating old rivals Germany on their way, which seemed to be the turning point for the Three Lions in the tournament.
England have a home advantage again after six of seven home games and want to use this to get over the line in the last game. However, a strong team with youth and experience, Italy have had to travel a little more than England despite their group matches at home and will try to cause an upset away.
In their last five previous meetings with Italy W1, L1, D3 scored six goals and conceded five goals.
Italy is 3/10 to win the game and England is 2/63 to win the game.
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Italy beat a Spanish team 4-2 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in normal and extra time. While England beat Denmark 2-1 after a controversial penalty decision for England in which Harry Kane stood up but was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, Kane was the first to hit the rebound and hit Wembley in ecstasy and England in the final.
Englishman Harry Kane scored four goals in the round of 16, setting Gary Lineker’s national record of ten major international tournament goals. Lorenzo Insigne drew a late equalizer in the final neck-to-neck race at Wembley and scored Italy’s decisive winning goal against Belgium.
Leonardo Spinazzola (Italy) is out with an Achilles tendon injury that he sustained at the beginning of the tournament.
Italy possible line-up: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, motionless, badge
England possible line-up: Pickford; Wanderer, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, rice; Saka, Berg, Sterling; Kane
Roberto Mancini, Italy: “We have worked towards this for many years so we are very happy and I can only thank the players for what they have achieved so far. We haven’t won anything yet; we have to win on Sunday to see it as a success. England will have an entire stadium behind them. It’s up to us to put pressure on them. A final is a little different from other games, we have to play with concentration, but also with joy, because you can only win a final if you play pitch to have fun.
Gareth Southgate, England: “We have to enjoy the fact that we are in the final, but there is another massive hurdle to overcome. Italy are a very good team, I’ve thought that over and over again in recent years. They are in great shape and have defensive warriors who have been through it all. It’s a great game to look forward to. “
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England should be the more confident team as they are on home soil with a nearly full stadium behind them and have only conceded once in the entire tournament, the goal being in the last game against Denmark. Although Italy survived the group stage without conceding a goal, Italy quickly came under pressure in the first knockout game when they conceded against Austria, but won. But England will know they can be beaten and both teams can score.
Italy will try to make their history by winning this tournament for the first time since 1968 and England will try to make their own history by winning for the first time ever.
Despite reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, where England were knocked out by Croatia before the final, this time around they were confident that they would not make the same mistake.
Moving into the final, this is now the greatest moment in English football in 55 years – the last time they were in a final in the 1966 World Cup final.
Will Mancini’s Azzurri side break the hearts of the English by staying unbeaten in 34 games or could the Southgate men make sure it really comes home? In any case, it should be an epic, tense and nervous, but also exciting game that in one way or another will make history for Italy or England.
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