LIVE Euro 2020 final: England v Italy showdown from Wembley in London

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England’s Luke Shaw celebrates the opener
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ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

Shouts of a penalty for England as Sterling – who else  – goes to ground in the box. Nothing in it and ref Bjorn, again, waves it away.

KICK-OFF: ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

Spots of rain on the camera are we get back under way. I guess that will favour the English, but who knows as we enter the final 45 (possibly) of this great tournament. Barella gets an early yellow for a foul on England’s star striker/midfielder Kane.

HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

From 55 years to 45 minutes for England. I wonder what will feel longer over the next three-quarters of and hour? “I’m going with the next 45,” says a friend James. Not sure if he meant minutes or years…

HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

Phew! Southgate’s boys have the advantage through Shaw’s brilliant early strike. Italy are creeping into it more and more though. Still in the balance. Two late chances just before the whistle let England know they cannot give the boys in blue a sniff. The England fans were the ones calling for the half-time whistle … 

ENGLAND 1 ITALY

Five to go and Italy have another free-kick. England clear before referee Bjorn Kuipers gets in the way as Italy try to follow up. 

ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

Chiesa has been getting on the ball more and is trying to make a difference. Oh hello! Italy get as close as they have all evening as Chiesa skips past Rice but is a yard off target with his shot. Pickford yet to make a save. 

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England getting a wee bit deeper now… but Italy passes are still slack. 

ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

Some nice link-up play in the middle from Italy but Insigne’s shot from distance goes wide and he turns to his teammates calling for support. 

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So Italy have been allowed to settle down. Maybe sensible from Southgate to also calm it down rather than a rush of blood from his boys. Not a lull by any means but Italy are finding more time on the ball.  Neither keeper been worried over the last five mins or so… 

ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

Italy are not used to being this position, and given England’s deeper bench, this will be a true test of character. Can Italy bring on Grealish????

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All England now, the proverbial tail is up and they are going for the kill before Italy even have a foot in ths game. Impressive. 

ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

That was Luke Shaw’s first ever goal for England and if Wembley (or England) had a roof, it just got ripped off. Trippier’s cross in was a dream and Shaw  just let rip as the Italians backed off. How many of you had Shaw as first scorer? 

ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

Italy are rocked after that start. They regroup and begin their pick and pass game again. This just got real for England (copyright Will Smith or Martin Lawrence). Free-kick Italy… over the bar from Insigne

GOAL! ENGLAND 1 ITALY 0

Shaw at the far post finds a great cross and volleys home from the left-hand side. What a start for England! 

ENGLAND 0 ITALY 0

Wee shaky start for England as Maguire gives away a corner, but…

KICK-OFF: ENGLAND 0 ITALY 0

Toot-toot. Toy sponsor car, get out of the way, we have business to attend to. Italy get us under way. 

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Anthems done – Queen saved and Italy brothers awakened (one slightly louder than the other) – Prince William enjoyed that one. Here we go!

ENGLAND v ITALY

Coach speeches are done, teams are in the tunnel and the anthems are next.

ENGLAND v ITALY

The England fans have adopted ‘Sweet Caroline’ as their anthem for some reason and it is ringing around Wembley with 15 to go. 

ENGLAND v ITALY

Stat attack thanks to the mighty OptaJoe! I don’t know where he gets the time …

Italy fans in Wembley
Italy fans in Wembley
Image Credit: AP

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While England will have the overwhelming support from the stands. The pockets of Italians are confident football is ‘coming Rome’. Southgate will he hoping for a strong start to keep the crowd onside, as they are a demanding bunch…

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So, any surprises for you in those starting line-ups? Get in touch on twitter at @gulfnewssport, or @mattjosmith if you want to heckle me… 35 mins to go!!!!

ENGLAND v ITALY

Of course, we are at Wembley, with much talk over England’s ‘home’ advantage — they played their quarter-final against Ukraine in Rome of all places.
England boss Southgate: “I’m very grateful to all of the players and the incredible staff I’ve got with me, that we’ve been able to get to our first final for 55 years. But of course we know now we’ve got to deliver for you, so we’ll be doing everything we can. Your support and energy has given us a huge lift, and I know it will on Sunday.”
Italy skipper Chiellini says his men are ready for Wembley: “There is always a home team. That has happened in the past and it won’t be the last time. There is no controversy. It is a dream for football lovers everywhere to be involved in the final and it will be even better if we can win it.”

England fans ahead of the game
England fans ahead of the game
Image Credit: AFP

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All the build up is almost behind us but if you fancy a recap, you can check out our GN experts analysis here, this morning’s panel chat here, and resident England fan/bag of nerves Imran’s how-England-can-win preview here.

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Unsurprisingly, the England fans have been out — umm — partying all day. There is an air of confidence on the streets but Gareth Southgate will have his boys in a bubble of calm away from the tumult outside. Mancini, likewise, will be shielding his men in blue, while prepping them for a raucous reception when they step onto the Wembley pitch.

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I personally cannot remember a Euros quite like this one — but I am a young pup of 45. We have had wonder goals by the shed-load, own-goals by the bucketload, upsets, harrowing moments and some real bonding moments. For all its critics, this cross-country epic has truly delivered.

ENGLAND v ITALY

The passion and the nerves are out in equal measure for both sides, with England expecting after 55 years without a major trophy, and Italy last claiming this one back in 1968. That’s … gimme a minute … 108 years of hurt. One of those records will change. Welcome to the Euro 2020 live coverage from Gulf News.

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