On Sunday, July 11, the final match of the European Championship will take place, in which the national teams of Italy and England will meet. The teams will meet in London at the Wembley Stadium, with a capacity of 90 thousand people. The Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will judge the opponents.
Even before the start of the Euro, the Italian national team looked solid. Still, it is unlikely that many expected to see the section of Roberto Mancini in the final of the tournament. The Italians won their group by scoring a maximum of 9 points. In the 1/8 finals, “Squadra Azzurra” passed Austria in extra time with a score of 2:1. In this match, Italy conceded for the first time in the tournament. In the quarterfinals, Belgium was defeated (2:1), which the bookmakers considered one of the favourites of the game. In a tough semi-final match, Mancini’s wards passed Spain in a penalty shootout. The Italians approach the game against England with a fully combat-ready squad without losses, except for defender Leonardo Spinazzola, who was injured in the game against the Belgians.
The England national team was initially one of the five favourites of Euro 2020. From the tournament’s first match, Gareth Southgate’s squad played as pragmatically as possible, sometimes even dull, but this did not prevent it from achieving the desired result. In the group stage, the British scored 7 points and entered the playoffs from 1st place. Already in the 1/8 finals, the “lions” received a severe opponent-Germany, but the Germans were defeated with a score of 2:0. In the next round, England defeated Ukraine with a score of 4:0. In the semi-final, Southgate’s wards passed Denmark — 2:1 in extra time. The English conceded the first goal only at the 1/2 final stage, which is impressive. The Lions are preparing for the match against Italy with almost an entire squad. Phil Foden is questionable for the next game.
The national teams of Italy and England have met each other 27 times. On account of the “Squadra Azzurra” 10 wins, the “lions” 8 victories. Another nine times, the teams played each other in a draw. The total score for goals scored is 33: 31 in favour of the British. The last matches between these teams were friendly. They were held in 2018 and 2015. Both games ended with the same score – 1:1. Thus, in official competitions, Italy and England met for the last time seven years ago.
Bookmakers consider England the favourite of the final confrontation. Although in fights of this scale, it is difficult to choose a team that has a better chance of winning. Each unit has its strengths. The Italians have a high-quality defence and one of the best goalkeepers in the world. At the same time, the British have at their disposal one of the most expensive strikers on the planet. It will be difficult for Italy at the opponent’s stadium, also considering that the British government does not allow Squadra fans to London. On the other hand, it can motivate the Italians to play to the maximum of their capabilities for the sake of people who were unfairly deprived of the opportunity to support their native national team at the stadium. Plus, Squadra has Roberto Mancini – a man who has assembled one of the best teams on the continent.