England will face Italy in the Euro 2020 final this evening, in what will be their first participation in a men’s major tournament final in over half a century.
Three years after their stunning run to the World Cup semi-finals, destiny has arrived for Gareth Southgate’s team, and a shot at immortality has arrived.
Italy, who are unbeaten in their last 33 matches across all competitions (with 27 wins and six draws) and have scored 86 goals and conceded 10 during that time, stands in their way.
The Three Lions are confident, having beaten Germany in the round of 16 and then Ukraine in Rome, with the historic Wembley semi-final success over Denmark in extra-time with to Harry Kane’s rebound from a missed penalty securing their spot in tonight’s showpiece match.
According to Southgate, the energy and emotion of the national team’s stadium will be a crucial weapon in defeating Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri: “To be able to hear Wembley like it was tonight and to know how that will have been around the country is, sure, it’s an honour.”
Because we are a unique country with a rich history, and I know I could not be more pleased to be an Englishman.
I couldn’t be more proud to be able to lead my country, and to be able to deliver happiness at a time when things have been so bad for so long is a really special feeling.” Below are all of the latest preview pieces, quotes, and build-up ahead of the finale of Euro 2020: