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Italians In London Are Nervous And Excited For The Final Of Euro 2020

Andrea Zanetti, an Italian who has lived in the UK for seven years, tells The Independent at a cafe in London’s Little Italy neighbourhood in Clerkenwell, “It’s going to be tremendous.”

“I’m just a little bit nervous to be in the thick of all the English fans,” says the 29-year-old, who is one of thousands due to attend the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England on Sunday evening at Wembley Stadium.

With football fever rife on the streets of London, and days after England’s semi-final victory over Denmark resulted in football fans mounting London buses, it’s maybe no surprise that Zanetti brings up English supporters’ behavior right away.

Zanetti claims he witnessed scenes of boisterous supporters hours before the game began.

“They were all inebriated and already chanting and singing.”

From behind the counter at the Fidelio Orchestra Café in Clerkenwell, he tells The Independent that it was four o’clock – still four hours until the match.

Andrea Zanetti got tickets to the Wembley final (Zoe Tidman / The Independent) and says his English colleagues keep assuring him “it’s coming home.”

While Zanetti, who will be rooting for Italy from Wembley on Sunday, would have preferred England to win the tournament (“it’s my home country now”), he had hoped the two nations would not meet in the final.

Fans here, according to Giovanna Gualtieri, who works at a neighboring driving school, appear to take things a little too seriously.

She tells The Independent, “The major thing I don’t understand is why there has to be trouble.”

“This is a day to savor.”

If you’re going to win, you’re going to win big.

Gualtieri, who was born in southern Italy and relocated to England as a child, will be watching the game with his Italian relatives and friends at home.

“I have my daughter’s boyfriend who is rooting for England,” she tells The Independent from a driving school in Little Italy, “but he will not be watching with us.” “He wants England to win, so – out!” she jokes.

The Metropolitan Police claimed 20 people were arrested as fans gathered to celebrate England’s win against Denmark on Wednesday for offences including common assault, public order, and assault on police. (Zoe Tidman / The Independent) Giovanna Gualtieri admits she is “nervous” for Sunday’s match.

It came after nine people were arrested and two police officers were hurt in London following England’s quarter-final victory against Ukraine.

Gualtieri describes herself as “nervous.”

“I hope we win, but I’m not sure.”

Antonio Verruto, who owns Mallettis Pizza, an Italian takeaway shop next door to her driving school, says, “It’s a tough one.”

He tells The Independent, “I feel like everyone else.”

“There is a lot of fear, excitement, and desire for an Italian triumph,” he says, adding, “Yet, having spent so many years in this nation, a defeat from Italy and a win from England is not awful.”

Verruto, who has spent decades in the United Kingdom, said he will most likely be watching football with pals, both English and Italian.

“There will be some wonderful healthy banter and a nice vibe.”

When asked for a prediction, he responds, “I don’t know what the score will be.” While he hopes for an Italian victory, he says, “I don’t know what the score will be.”

“No one knows.”

If I knew the outcome, I’d bet all I had on William Hill.

It’s a ridiculous question.”

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