From not qualifying in the 2018 FIFA world cup to making it to the finals of Euro 2020. This has been quite a journey for Roberto Mancini’s men. Since Sep 2018, Italy is Unbeaten in the last 33 games, and if they beat the Three Lions in the finals, the astonishing record to 34 matches, Mancini’s men will be crowned European champions.
Italy possible starting XI
Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
Italy’s route to the final
Turkey 0 Italy 3
Italy 3 Switzerland 0
Wales 0 Italy 1
Round of 16: Italy 2 Austria 1
Quarter-final: Belgium 1 Italy 2
Semi-final: Italy 1 Spain 1 (Italy won 4-2 on penalties)
England reached the finals of the major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup. And Gareth Southgate knows this will be a historic moment if his men pulled off a victory in the finals. Harry Kane is the leading scorer for England with 4 goals.
England possible starting XI
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane
England’s route to the final
England 1 Croatia 0
Scotland 0 England 0
Czech Republic 0 England 1
Round of 16: England 2 Germany 0
Quarter-final: Ukraine 0 England 4
Semi-final: England 2 Denmark 1
1. Italy has never lost against England at a major tournament. They won 1-0 in EURO 1980, 2-1 at both the 1990 and 2014 World Cups, draw 0-0 and then beat in the penalties in EURO 2012.
2. This is Italy’s 10th major tournament final (6 World Cup, 4 EURO), with only Germany (14) having played more among European nations.
3. England is the 13th different nation to feature in a European Championship final.
4. Italy is unbeaten in their last 33 matches in all competitions (W27 D6), scoring 86 goals and conceding just 10 in this run. This is their longest unbeaten run in the nation’s history.
5. This is the third major tournament (EURO/World Cup) final to be held at Wembley Stadium. The previous two were both won in extra time, with England beating Germany in the 1966 World Cup, and Germany beating Czech Republic in EURO 1996.