After participating in their final session at Saint George’s Park before meeting Italy on Sunday, England has finished their preparations for the Euro 2020 final.
As Gareth Southgate’s squad faces Roberto Mancini’s side at Wembley, they have the chance to end the Three Lions’ wait for their first major tournament victory since the 1966 World Cup on home soil.
After being put through their paces in an open training session ahead of Sunday’s highly anticipated confrontation against the Italians, England’s players appeared to be in a comfortable mood.
England’s final preparations ahead of their Euro 2020 final have been completed Harry Maguire smiled before getting down to work at St George’s Park Gareth Southgate also appeared relaxed ahead of Sunday’s battle with Italy Maguire appears set to pair John Stones (right) in defence, with Kieran Trippier also an option Phil Foden missed out due to what he described as a “serious” injury.
As a result of the Manchester City star’s knock on Friday, England’s medical experts chose to keep him out of Saturday’s last training session.
The Three Lions couldn’t stop grinning throughout their training session on Thursday, and a few stars, like Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, and even Southgate, managed a smile before getting down to business.
The remainder of the day will be spent by Southgate finalizing his team and tactics for the final against Mancini’s side.
They have the chance to end England’s wait for a major tournament title since the 1966 World Cup Kane will captain the Three Lions against Italy after scoring the winner against Denmark this week Star man Raheem Sterling and club team-mate Kyle Walker were involved in the open session Luke Shaw will seek to continue his strong form at left-back for the Three Lions at Wembley
The other choices are Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and – if fit – Foden.
Since the World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia three years ago, Southgate has not used the same starting lineup for 36 games in a row.
He’ll speak to the media ahead of the game on Saturday evening, and he’ll likely go into more detail about Foden’s condition and his preparedness for the final.
Nevertheless, the day has already been tainted by UEFA’s PS26,000 punishment imposed on the FA after a fan flashed a laser pen in the face of Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel before Kane took his penalty in the first half of extra time.
Kane’s penalty was saved by the Leicester City keeper, but the England captain tucked home the winner in the first half of extra time in their 2-1 victory over the Danes.
The fine also pertains to Three Lions people booing during Denmark’s national anthem and lighting off pyrotechnics inside the stadium during the match on Wednesday night, which drew over 60,000 fans.
After the Three Lions’ victory, the FA was charged with the three offenses, but UEFA’s control, ethics, and disciplinary council has now imposed fines.
As a result, Wembley security will be beefed up for the final, with more stewards on duty to crack down on prohibited objects and people trying to enter without a ticket.
But, the 50-year-old will be hoping that his England players can put the FA’s punishment behind them after daring them to make more history, as he faces a difficult decision on whether to send out an unchanged team.
Southgate’s greatest decision is whether or not to keep Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (front). Jadon Sancho (left) is one of the alternatives if he decides to make a change. ‘Whatever happens now, they’re all going to take a medal, which hasn’t happened to an England group in decades, and they deserve it,’ he said.
‘It’s been an amazing pleasure to work with them, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.’
‘We understand the magnitude of the task, but what a fantastic challenge for us to have, and what a fantastic opportunity for the players to write another chapter in history.’ Italy, meanwhile, left their training base in Florence on Saturday morning for the encounter in London.
The Azzurri are looking for their first trophy since the 2006 World Cup, after missing out on the chance to break their drought at the Euro 2012 final in Kyiv, when they were defeated 4-0 by Spain.