On Sunday, Italy will stand in the way of the Three Lions’ European Championship triumph. England’s 55-year wait for a major tournament final is ended, and Gareth Southgate’s side is on the verge of greatness.
When the Three Lions were put on the same team as world champions France, reigning European champions Portugal, and fierce rivals Germany, fans were worried, but they smacked Joachim Low’s side aside in the last-16 stage.
Ukraine was easily eliminated, and Denmark pushed them all the way in the semi-finals on Wednesday, leaving just Italy standing in England’s way of putting an stop to all those years of suffering.
But who has been the star performer for the Three Lions thus far?
Sportsmail puts the 26-man squad through its paces.
Jordan Pickford – 8 Came under fire for allowing Mikkel Damsgaard’s free-kick to put Denmark ahead in the last-four match, but he’s been fantastic this summer.
Denmark’s goal is his lone goal of the tournament, with the Everton goalkeeper making some vital saves throughout England’s run to the final.
Gary Neville, a former Three Lions defender, lauded Pickford as the man of the match in England’s 2-0 triumph against Germany, saying he was a “different player” for his country than he was for his club.
Jordan Pickford has only surrendered one goal in six Euro 2020 matches and has been in fine form. Aaron Ramsdale – 5 Has yet to play, although Southgate praised the importance of the squad’s fringe players.
The shot-stopper, who is only 23, is still young and will get valuable experience at this level, which will only aid England in the future.
Pickford’s backup, Sam Johnstone, has yet to be called upon.
Following his first call-up to the England squad, the 28-year-old has impressed goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson.
He had a fantastic season with West Brom and, like Ramsdale, has contributed to a cohesive squad.
Kyle Walker – 8.5 The Manchester City defender’s impact on this England team may have gone unnoticed due to Luke Shaw’s dominance on the opposing wing.
Yet there’s no denying his importance to England’s success and his ability to carry out Southgate’s gameplan.
Under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, he has evolved defensively and can be trusted to produce, as evidenced by his participation in five of the six matches.
Kyle Walker has been a revelation on England’s right flank this summer Kieran Trippier – 7 Began the tournament at left back and seemed at ease before being moved to right wing back against Germany.
Atletico Madrid’s midfielder is dependable, experienced, and capable in a dead-ball situation.
When Southgate opts for a back four, Walker is, understandably, ahead of him, but Trippier has played a key role this summer and might be crucial on Sunday.
Reece James – 6.5 The young potential Chelsea full back has only made one appearance so far, in a drab goalless draw with Scotland, and has struggled to deliver the same threat that Blues supporters had come to expect from him last season.
The 21-year-old did, however, show flashes of his ability on the field, although he is far down the pecking order.
He has contributed to the camp in the same way as Ramsdale and Johnstone have, and he will greatly benefit from the tour.
John Stones – 7.5 The Manchester City centre back has taken his excellent form into the tournament and has been a rock at the back.
He has played a key role in keeping five clean sheets.
In an aerial combat, he’s a force to be reckoned with, and his decision-making has improved.
His header against Scotland came close to breaking the deadlock, but it hit the post.
At set pieces, stones are always a threat.
Italy should be avoided.
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – 8 After missing the first two group games due to injury, the Manchester United centre back has been dominant in defense since his return.
In Maguire’s absence, Tyrone Mings did a good job, but Maguire’s leadership abilities and ability to bring the ball forward from the back are crucial for England.
His menace in the opposition’s box adds another dimension to the Three Lions.
Maguire has been dominant since his return to the fold.
Harry Maguire has been in command at the back, scoring in the 4-0 victory over Ukraine. Tyrone Mings – 7 The Aston Villa defender started the opening two group games, contributing to two clean sheets.
While Maguire recovered from his injuries, he smoothly integrated into the backline.
Mings stepped in when England needed him, despite the fact that he is unlikely to play on Sunday.
Conor Coady – 6 The Wolves captain is yet to play for England at Euro 2020, but he has been a crucial figure in the England camp.
Southgate’s No 2 Steve Holland praised the defender’s contribution, saying: “It appears he has been loving every second.”
‘Conor Coady is my player of the tournament so far,’ Holland told BBC Football Daily.
‘He hasn’t played yet, but he gives his all on the training pitch.’
‘Even though he hasn’t been on the field yet, he speaks like a captain in the locker room before the game.’
That’s really difficult to achieve.’ Ben White – 5 The highly-rated Brighton defender has not played this summer, but at 23, he is a player to watch in the future, and his incredible run to the Euro 2020 final will serve him well.
Following an outstanding season on the south coast, Arsenal and Everton are interested in signing him.
Luke Shaw – 9 The Manchester United left back has been brilliant, supplying three assists in five games to help England reach the Wembley clash on Sunday.
Shaw has had a remarkable comeback in recent years and has proven to be a constant threat down the left flank this summer, more than answering his detractors.
Shaw has been a thorn in the side of England’s opponents as well as a significant figure in their strong defensive performances.
Despite a successful season for Chelsea, Luke Shaw’s impact, particularly moving forward, has dominated the headlines at Euro 2020. Ben Chilwell – 5 Chelsea’s PS50 million left back has, shockingly, not played for the Three Lions.
Following the 0-0 stalemate with their rivals, Chilwell and Mason Mount were sent in isolation after being judged a close touch of Scotland and Chelsea teammate Billy Gilmour.
With Shaw in imperious form, Chilwell has been unable to push his way into the side since returning to training.
Declan Rice – 8 The West Ham midfielder has excelled alongside Kalvin Phillips in the heart of England’s midfield.
He gives such security in front of the back four, is capable of suffocating danger and breaking up potential opposition advances.
He’s already a major cog in Southgate’s machine and will continue to be one for many years to come, despite the fact that he’s only 22 years old.
Declan Rice has been a standout in England’s midfield alongside Kalvin Phillips Kalvin Phillips – 8 The Leeds midfielder has more than made his mark with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson struggling with fitness.
He and Rice have formed a strong partnership, and he was named man of the match in England’s opening victory over Croatia.
In the Group D matchup, a strong tackler whose passing range and ability to read the game stand out provided a brilliant assist for Raheem Sterling’s winner.
In six games, he has covered the most distance on the team, clocking in at 67.3 kilometers.
Jordan Henderson – 6.5 The Liverpool midfielder was in a fight against time to be fit for the tournament, but Southgate put his trust in him, and Henderson has rewarded him.
He did not recuperate in time to play in the first two matches, but has since come off the bench in the four that have followed, bringing energy and leadership at crucial times of games.
After not playing since February, his participation in the group was questioned, but he’s shown why Southgate wanted him and even scored his first goal for his country in a 4-0 win over Ukraine.
Jude Bellingham – 6 The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been limited to cameo appearances off the bench, as was expected.
Yet when called upon, he hasn’t seemed out of place, and the 17-year-old didn’t allow the pressure get to him against Croatia at Wembley, where he became the youngest-ever player to appear at a Euros at 17 years and 349 days old, a record that has since been surpassed.
This tournament will aid his upward trajectory once again, and England fans should expect huge things from the former Birmingham star.
Mason Mount – 7 At barely 22 years old, the midfielder has established himself as one of England’s go-to players, much like he did at Chelsea.
Mount had a strong start against Croatia, scooping up the ball in the middle of the field and appearing to be the most likely to break down Scotland’s defense.
His Euro trip was unfortunately put on pause after he had to self-isolate, but he was trusted again for the Ukraine and Denmark confrontations from the start.
Mason Mount has become one of England’s go-to players, similar to how he did at Chelsea, at the age of 22. Jack Grealish – 7 The Villa captain certainly gets England fans talking, although he has only started one match of the tournament so far.
Yet, he had an effect in that outing, contributing the game’s only goal with a lovely chipped ball to the back post for Raheem Sterling to head home, and he has made an impact off the bench, setting up Harry Kane to strike Germany’s knockout blow.
Southgate was harsh in replacing Grealish after he was substituted against Denmark on Wednesday, and he’s unlikely to change his mind if he’s called upon against Italy.
Phil Foden – 6 Another guy who was on everyone’s lips before the tournament started last month, although he has yet to hit the heights he did at City last season.
Foden was sensational during their title-winning season, and he was particularly impressive in the tight victory over Croatia, when he hit the post with a magnificent curling shot.
He was quiet in the Scotland match and has since lost his position in the starting XI.
He came in against Denmark in extra time as England looked for a victory and a chance to play in the final.
After missing the previous two games, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka seized his chance when he was named in Southgate’s starting lineup for England’s final group game against the Czech Republic.
After excelling and playing a key role in the build-up to Sterling’s first-half winner, the 19-year-old seemed unfazed and presented Southgate with a significant selection issue.
As he continues to provide out wide, he started against Germany and Denmark, just missing out on Ukraine due to injury.
Jadon Sancho – 6 The Borussia Dortmund sensation has had his game time limited this summer, appearing just as a cameo off the bench in the group stages.
But, he came out strong against Ukraine in the quarter-finals, demonstrating why Manchester United wanted to recruit him.
He doesn’t appear to consistently match Southgate’s requirements, but there’s no denying his ability when he’s on form.
Raheem Sterling – 9.5 Without a doubt, England’s best player so far.
There were worries about his form going into the tournament, but the Manchester City forward has responded emphatically to his detractors.
In the group stage, he scored the game-winning goals against Croatia and the Czech Republic, and in the semi-finals, he broke the deadlock against Germany and won the game-winning penalty in extra time against Denmark.
Sterling is a nightmare for defenders and might be the difference against an Italy defense that is getting on in years.
Raheem Sterling of Manchester City has been the star performance for England this summer. Marcus Rashford of Manchester United has only made four appearances off the bench at Euro 2020, with the likes of Saka and Sterling ahead of him.
The 23-year-old has played a lot of football in previous seasons, and according to reports, he hadn’t played a pain-free game in two years before this summer.
Southgate can use his pace and directness in the closing phases of games, but he has yet to make an impact or had the opportunity to do so.
Harry Kane – 9 The Tottenham striker was under pressure to perform ahead of the Euros, and the pressure increased after he failed to score in the group stage.
Yet when it mattered most, the England captain delivered, scoring his first goal against Germany, a brace against Ukraine, and the game-winning goal in the semi-finals.
He was kept quiet for the first half of the tournament, but he has totally recovered his mojo, if he ever truly lost it.
Pressure was rising on England captain Harry Kane, but he has already scored four goals Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 5 The Everton striker is Kane’s backup, but Southgate has left him out of two 23-man matchday squads.
Last season, the 24-year-old had a fantastic season under Carlo Ancelotti, but he does not appear to be in favour with England, with Southgate preferring alternative attacking options.
Calvert-Lewin will be disappointed by his lack of playing time, but he will be able to benefit from the entire experience in future events.