England captain Harry Kane says the time is “now” for England to make history by claiming its first major final in 55 years.
The action gets underway from 5.00am AEST.
Kane has been instrumental for England all tournament, with four goals to his name from six matches.
“Now,” Kane said, “we want to go and win the trophy for everybody.”
“Seeing the fans on the streets like they have been, the reception we had as we pulled into the hotel here and as we were leaving St. George’s Park, it just has shown us how big an occasion it is,” Kane said.
“In Russia (2018 World Cup), we were over there and in our own bubble. We could see videos of what it was like back home but we couldn’t really experience it ourselves.”
Kane said he has learned from the 2018 World Cup where he won the Golden Boot after scoring all of his goals before the quarterfinals.
“Not just physically but mentally, maybe I just lost a little bit toward the latter stages (of the World Cup),” he said, “so I was going into this one with a bit more experience. It’s about not getting too carried away, whether I score or don’t score.
“It’s all part of the learning curve of playing in major tournaments and gaining that experience. Hopefully, I have enough left to finish the job tomorrow.”
Earlier today, England manager Gareth Southgate revealed midfielder Phil Foden is a chance to miss the final after suffering a foot injury.
Foden didn’t feature at England’s most recent training session due to a foot injury.
“He’s a doubt,” Southgate told the BBC. “We’ll have to check again but he’s got a fairly minor foot injury.
“But it’s just whether it’s going to be one that clears up in time for him to be able to take part in the game, so we’ll have to assess that again later.”
Italy awaits in Monday’s final at Wembley and, naturally, it will be England’s toughest game so far.
But Southgate doesn’t believe his players need to push too hard.
“It’s not necessarily about (being) better,” he said. “In finals actually, the key is to hit your normal level. Lots of teams in finals end up underperforming. You don’t have to find a level beyond where you’ve ever gone before.
“It’s about doing what you’re good at, transferring what you do every day on the training pitch to the match.”