Leonardo Spinazzola confirmed he will be at Wembley to support his Italy teammates in the Euro 2020 final against England, despite being injured.
Until rupturing his achilles in the Azzurri’s quarter-final win against Belgium, Spinazzola had been outstanding for the Azzurri.
Before being withdrew from the Euros, the 28-year-old had produced one assist in four games and won two Man of the Match accolades.
Injuries Leonardo Spinazzola will be at Wembley on Sunday to support his Italy teammates. Spinazzola will be a major loss for Italy when it was found that he was the tournament’s joint-fastest player, registering a phenomenal top speed of 21mph.
Despite his team’s early elimination from the Group of Death last month, he shares the title with Hungary defender Loic Nego, who also recorded the same amount to rocket up the standings.
Despite this, the attacking wing back will be at Wembley to support his teammates.
‘I will be in London tomorrow with my teammates,’ he told RAI 1.
The 28-year-old ruptured his Achilles in Italy’s quarter-final victory over Belgium (above), forcing him to withdraw from the tournament. ‘It’s really exciting, the fellas have given me an wonderful evening,’ he said.
When asked about the next game, he replied, ‘It’s going to be a really difficult encounter, especially in their stadium, but hearing all those jeers will just drive us up even more.’
‘I’ll be in the stands with my crutches, cheering them on!’
I’d have to jump up and down and celebrate with everyone if Italy won.
My wife warns me to be careful, so I’m planning to leap around on one leg.
‘I’ll tell the fellas that I’m on the pitch with them,’ he said. He helped his team success one assist in four games and won two Man of the Match honors. Spinazzola’s teammates made a concerted attempt to keep him involved following their semi-final win.
After defeating Spain to reach the final, they were seen singing a fan chant for ‘Spina and wearing his shirt.
‘I was there for two hours on a videocall thanking them from the bottom of my heart, because it was truly fantastic,’ Spinazzola recalled.
‘I waited for them to board the team bus again, and they sang the chant for me once more.’
They were heard shouting the fan chant for ‘Spina and wearing his shirt (above) Spinazzola was also seen singing along to the national anthem from home (above) He believes the game on Sunday will be a 50/50 struggle, but admits to feeling scared by England’s bench.
‘I think it’s 50-50,’ he replied.
On the bench, England has players like Rashford, Sancho, and Foden, who are young but incredibly talented.
That demonstrates the team’s strength.
‘It’ll be a tough game, but we’re a fantastic team and we know how to win.’