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Matchday 31 Of Euro 2020 England And Italy Meet In The Final At Wembley Stadium

When England takes on Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday night, all eyes will be on the stadium.

While the public has allowed itself to fantasize about football returning home and replicating the 1966 World Cup success, England manager Gareth Southgate is adamant about staying focused on the task at hand.

The Queen has sent her best wishes to the Three Lions, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written a personal greeting to Southgate and his team, who were FaceTimed by Hollywood star Tom Cruise.

After 55 years of pondering on all of those ‘oh-so-nears,’ Southgate knows exactly what winning versus Italy would mean after his own bitter experience at Euro 96.

“As we departed St Georges, we were greeted with a fantastic reception.”

“Every town in the area had come out to line the route,” Southgate added.

“People stopped in lay-bys so you could get a better feel of what was going on outside of the bubble we’d been in.”

“It’s essential how we’ve represented people, and we’re glad that legacy has been there – but now we want to go and win the trophy for everyone,” Mancini said. Mancini has slowly but steadily improved since taking over following Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Italy is now unbeaten in 33 games after defeating Spain on penalties in the semi-final.

Reaching 34, on the other hand, may prove to be the most difficult test yet of how far his team has progressed – and how far they can go on the road to Qatar 2022.

“England is a formidable opponent.”

They have some fantastic players and a lot of depth, but the fact that we’ve made it this far shows that we’re a strong team as well,” remarked the former Manchester City manager.

“We have to be focused on our football and recognize that this is the final hurdle,” Mancini said. “I truly hope that I can have an experience that I did not have throughout my playing career, despite the fact that I played in some amazing Italy teams.”

The 21-year-old, who came off the bench in the semi-final triumph over Denmark to offer fresh legs during extra time, missed training on Saturday morning at St Georges Park due to a foot ailment and will be monitored as Southgate finalizes his selections for Sunday evening.

Tom Cruise (middle) waves to the spectators at Wimbledon (PA Wire) Even after receiving a personal note from the Queen and the Prime Minister, having a discussion with a Hollywood A-lister comes close to top billing as far as good luck messages go.

Harry Kane, England’s captain, stated that Tom Cruise was one of the well-wishers who contacted him before of Sunday’s final.

“We were fortunate enough to have seen one of his films, so I believe he was over here in the UK and he just dialed in and FaceTimed us to wish us the best as a group,” Kane added.

At Wembley, England fans will be praying that a Few Good Guys can make All the Right Moves – and that it is not Mission: Impossible versus Italy.

England captain Harry Kane No substitute for talent England’s youthful frontline is anticipated to strain Italy’s senior Juventus central defense partnership of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci at times.

Southgate’s side, on the other hand, has enough talent to fill two teams that would have given everyone a run for their money at Euro 2020, according to Azzurri captain Chiellini.

“That almost makes me chuckle because I think England’s bench could have definitely made it to the final on their own because they have some wonderful players,” he added. Stat of the day While there will be no official “Golden Glove” award at Euro 2020, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has had a memorable tournament.

With five clean sheets, the Everton goalkeeper has only conceded once, when Mikkel Damsgaard’s magnificent 25-yard free-kick put Denmark ahead in the semi-final.

Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma has conceded three goals so far, a figure that England fans at Wembley will be praying has risen a notch or two by the final whistle.

Infographic for the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England (PA Graphics) Up next: Italy vs. England (final, July 11, Wembley, 2000 GMT)

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