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When: July 11, 2021
The place: Wembley Stadium, London
Kick-off: 19:00 GMT

What began on June 11 ends tonight: Italy tackle England at Wembley Stadium in London within the remaining of the 2020 European Championship.

Either side intention to finish lengthy droughts after they meet on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate’s England hope {that a} partisan house crowd will assist them carry a primary main trophy since profitable the 1966 World Cup on the outdated Wembley.

Italy haven’t received the Euros since 1968 and Roberto Mancini’s group has impressed at the least as a lot as England within the match held over 4 weeks in 11 European cities.

The Azzurri are on an unbeaten run of 33 video games since September 2018 and have by no means misplaced towards England at a significant occasion.

Head-to-head document

Performed: 27
England wins: 8
Attracts: 8
Italy wins: 11

Key stats

That is Italy’s tenth main remaining (six World Cups and 4 Euros), with solely Germany (14) having performed extra among the many European nations.

This will likely be England’s first look in a Euro remaining and their first within the remaining of a significant match since profitable the 1966 World Cup – the longest hole (55 years) between main finals (World Cup or Euros) for any European nation.

Italy have by no means misplaced towards England at a significant match.

England able to make historical past

On the eve of England’s day of future, Southgate’s squad acquired messages of help from Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and even Hollywood actor Tom Cruise.

After England got a rousing send-off, with followers lining the streets on the journey from their St George’s Park base to the group resort on Saturday, Southgate urged England to harness the outpouring of emotion right into a profitable system within the remaining.

“The gamers have to really feel that heat and help. It has undoubtedly helped encourage us. We’re in a remaining and we’re right here to win,” mentioned Southgate. “Now we need to go and produce the trophy house for everyone.”

Southgate has revolutionised English soccer since taking cost in 2016 and his group has impressed in Euro knockout stage wins over Germany, Ukraine and Denmark.

However England had been crushed within the 2018 World Cup semi-finals by Croatia and solely a remaining triumph towards Italy will likely be sufficient to fulfill them now.

Finest group of the match?

Italy have been arguably the group of the match, sweeping by means of the group stage with an ideal document earlier than knocking out Austria, top-ranked Belgium and Spain to achieve the ultimate.

Revitalised since Mancini took over after their embarrassing failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the Azzurri are on a exceptional 33-match unbeaten run.

4-time world champions Italy final received the European Championship in 1968, shedding their earlier two finals in 2002 and 2012.

Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini known as on his team-mates to remain targeted, with the trophy inside touching distance.

“We have to thrive and savour this event. After we met up earlier than the competitors I mentioned we wanted simply that trace of insanity and to maintain cool heads,” Chiellini mentioned.

“That has introduced us this far and hopefully it might probably take us to win the competitors.”

Are followers allowed?

The British authorities is permitting 60,000 followers to attend the sport however only one,000 can journey from Italy underneath strict coronavirus guidelines – in a strict bubble and allowed to remain solely 12 hours.

One other 6,500 tickets have gone to Italy followers dwelling in the UK.

Managers’ nook

Mancini: “We’ve to be calm, understanding that it is going to be a troublesome match, for lots of causes. We’ve to stay targeted on our recreation and attempt to impose it the very best we will, understanding that it is going to be the final match.

“So if we need to get pleasure from ourselves for an additional 90 minutes, we’ve to take action tomorrow. Then the Euros will end and the blokes will go on trip.”

Southgate: “Behind your thoughts you all the time need to have a little bit of a imaginative and prescient on the way you wish to see the top and play that out. However the actuality is you must give attention to the processes and give attention to the efficiency and that’s what we’ve all the time achieved with this group.

“It’s vital the gamers have an understanding of that. No matter path the sport takes, they’re ready and they’re prepared. If you happen to begin to consider the top you then’re in all probability heading within the mistaken path and we’ve simply received to regulate the bits we will management.”