Gareth Southgate believes his England squad will face an ‘extraordinary side’ in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final in Italy, adding that the ‘two finest sides’ have qualified for the tournament.
The Three Lions will play in their first major tournament final in 55 years this weekend, but they must first defeat Roberto Mancini’s tough Italy team, who have not lost in 33 games.
As his men stand on the verge of history on Sunday, England manager Southgate has described this Azzurri side as “modern” and “different from the Italian teams when I was younger.”
Italy will face England in the Euro 2020 final after defeating Spain on penalties in the semi-final, according to England manager Gareth Southgate, who told Sky Sports Italia: ‘They’ve got a extremely clear way of playing, tremendous passion, great energy in the way they play, tactically like many Italian teams very brilliant, but also the style of play is probab
‘I’ve been keeping a close eye on them for the past two years since I’m familiar with Roberto Mancini’s work.’
‘It’s an wonderful squad, and I believe, without a question, the two best teams in the game have made the final,’ Southgate says. Italy has been excellent from the first minute of the tournament, securing sweeping victories against dark horses Turkey and Switzerland in the group stages, as well as beating Austria and Belgium in the knockout stages.
However, England has survived do-or-die matches against Germany, Ukraine, and Denmark in the latter rounds, after defeating Croatia and quarter-finalists Czech Republic in the first round.
Jordan Henderson, a midfielder for the Three Lions, believes that defeating Italy will be ‘tough’ and demanding, but has urged England to put on a show that the country is capable of.
‘In the games that I’ve seen, they (Italy) look so strong defensively, but they also have amazing players going forward who can damage teams and score goals and create chances,’ Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.
‘So it’s a very tough game and a challenging game for us, but I feel that if we perform to the levels that we are capable of, then we can cause them difficulties as well.’ Sunday’s showpiece event will be England’s first tournament final since 1966, when they defeated West Germany in the World Cup, while Italy’s last major match was the Euro 2012 final, which they lost 4-0 to Spain.