Hundreds of fans sing Sweet Caroline in the streets of London
Follow live coverage of England taking on Italy in the Euro 2020 final tonight at Wembley, as the Three Lions attempt to win a second major men’s football trophy 55 years on from World Cup glory at the same venue in 1966.
Gareth Southgate’s team have made a surprisingly unflustered journey to the final, progressing from Group D without conceding a goal before that momentous and confidence-building win over Germany in the round of 16. Then came a 4-0 thrashing of Ukraine in Rome before a tense extra-time victory over Denmark back at Wembley to book their place in tonight’s showpiece, and the country has united behind a likeable young squad on the verge of history.
An impressive Italy side stand in their way, however, who are unbeaten in their past 33 games and are the tournament’s topscorers under manager Roberto Mancini. Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa have been particularly potent threats in attack while Jorginho and Marco Verratti have controlled the majority of games from midfield, although Spain gave them a difficult time in a tight semi-final which was settled by penalties. At the back, captain Giorgio Chiellini pits his experience against the threat of England captain Harry Kane.
Follow all the latest updates from the Euro 2020 final at Wembley below.
Euro 2020: Bonucci most capped Italian in European Championship
Leonardo Bonucci is set to play in his 18th career match at the European Championship finals – overtaking Buffon to become the Azzurri’s leading appearance maker at the tournament.
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:51
Euro 2020: Former school teacher knew Luke Shaw’s determination would take him to the top
The words Luke Shaw and football were synonymous when the England left-back was growing up and one of his old teachers felt it was inevitable he would make it to the top.
Heidi Stone was head of Windsor House, who the 25-year-old represented when he attended Rydens School which has since been renamed to Three Rivers Academy.
Already part of Southampton’s academy when he joined as an 11-year-old, football was always the top priority for Shaw and even though he is on the verge of playing for England in the Euro 2020 final, he has not changed.
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:47
England vs Italy team news
Italy XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
Roberto Mancini names an unchanged starting line up from the one that defeated Spain in the semi-finals. Leonardo Spinazzola is injured so Emerson keeps his place at left-back.
England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Phillips, Rice, Shaw; Mount Kane, Sterling
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:39
Euro 2020: England’s memorable squad from all corners the perfect blend for the nation they represent
It was GASCOIGNE (8) in 1996. SHEARER (9) in 1998. Probably BECKHAM (7) in 2002.
Each international tournament has a certain replica shirt replete with the name and number of a memorable player. Often one of pre-existing high stock who characterises the soul and hope of those few months that summer.
For Euro 2020, it has been hard to pin down a standout among England fans. Wembley Way has seen all of Kane (9), Rashford (11), Mount (19), Rice (4), Phillips (14), Foden (20), Saka (25), Sancho (17) and a smattering of Pickfords (1). Grealish (7) has been a popular alternatives choice, while the rise of Sterlings (10) over the last few weeks correlates with shops selling out of the number 1.
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:35
Euro 2020: England arrive at Wembley
Gareth Southgate and the England team have arrived at Wembley ahead of their Euro 2020 final clash with Italy.
The official team news is due out shortly. Manchester City’s Phil Foden is a doubt for this evening’s final after suffering a minor knock in training on Friday.
Foden was the only absentee from England’s Saturday training session but looked in good spirits as he exited the England team bus to head into the team hotel.
The 20-year-old started England’s first two group games and came on as a substitute in the semi-final.
“He’s definitely doubtful although it’s not something serious. It’s just whether it will keep him out of this particular game,” said Gareth Southgate.
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:29
Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate encourages fans not to boo Italian anthem
England were fined around £25,500 after their semi-final with Denmark for transgressions from their supporters including booing during the national anthems.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference yesterday, Southgate urged the fans to show respect for the Italian national anthem before tonight’s final.
“It’s important that our fans always respect the opposition,” said Southgate.
“We know that in actual fact, when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem, it probably inspires us even more. We should be respectful.”
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:22
Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate leans on resilience to lead England and inspire inclusion
As Gareth Southgate stands on the brink of an achievement that could afford him a place in history, he is considering the past. The England manager is asked what he would say to his 25-year-old self. That was the young man that had just missed a penalty against Germany at Euro 96, and the message is simple, but searing.
“Those sorts of moments in your life don’t have to define you. You have to work your way through them and develop resilience.”
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:18
Gareth Southgate: England players choose what colour medal they get against Italy in Euro 2020 final
If words truly matter on days of action like this, Gareth Southgate found some stirring terms in one of his last speeches.
The England manager told his players they “now have a choice of what colour medal” they receive in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, as he admitted nothing less than victory will be enough.
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:13
Euro 2020: England and Italy ready to seize Euro 2020 glory in final defined by redemption
In one of Gareth Southgate’s last meetings with the England squad, he put a choice to the players that could define their careers.
“You’ve created a legacy. You’ve earned the people’s respect. You’ve represented your country in the right way. But now you have the choice of what colour medal you get.”
Roberto Mancini was meanwhile saying something similar to the Italy players, telling them that this is “their moment”.
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:08
Euro 2020: Southgate urges fans to roar England to victory
England boss Gareth Southgate has encouraged fans to cheer his team to victory when they face Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
60,000 supporters are expected to attend the final at Wembley and millions more will witness the match in pubs and living rooms across the country.
“When we started, three or four years ago we had people throwing paper aeroplanes, they weren’t behind the team and there was an apathy,” said Southgate.
“Now the energy in the stadium is fantastic. That is so important.
“The players need to feel that warmth and support. It has definitely helped inspire us.”
Michael Jones11 July 2021 18:04