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1966 World Cup icon Sir Geoff Hurst has rubbished suggestions England will not have his wholehearted support in Sunday's Euro 2020 final.

The Three Lions are aiming to win their first ever European Championship but face a tricky test up against an Italy side unbeaten in 33 games.

Should Gareth Southgate lead his side to glory, England will lift just their second ever major trophy, adding to their triumph in the World Cup 55 years ago.

Some "cynics" may say this would take the gloss off England's achievement in 1966, according to Hurst, but the West Ham United legend poured cold water on this claim.

England will have Hurst's unequivocal support in the Euro 2020 final
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"The cynics will look at me and say that I don't want England to do well, win the World Cup or the Euros which is absolute nonsense," said Hurst, who scored a famous hat-trick in the final against West Germany.

"I understand more than anyone how important it is for our national team to be successful, for themselves and for the country.

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"So I am a fan and I want us to do well and to win – that's what I was brought up to do as a player and what I want us to do as a fan now.

"I am as thrilled and as happy if we are doing well in tournaments as any other fan in England."

Turning his attention to England's opponents, Hurst praised the unity Roberto Mancini has instilled in his Italy squad, whose brotherhood is epitomised each time they belt out the national anthem or celebrate a crucial tackle.

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"Fundamentally I have always believed very strongly that the team spirit, camaraderie and togetherness of a group of players is very important to be successful," said Hurst.

"I look at the current Italian team and I find their celebrations are tumultuous where the whole squad, as soon as they have a result and success they are altogether – more so than in the celebrations we have seen with the other teams.

"And that is fundamental to being successful – that togetherness."

Hurst also highlighted his own experience of international glory to provide a glimpse of what awaits the England squad if they overcome their spirited opposition.

He added: "The enjoyment, of winning a World Cup in your own country, simply lasts forever.

"Hardly a day goes by, almost daily and just as much today as weeks or months after winning it that the euphoria is still there and the memories of it are brought up by someone.

"It's astonishing really what happened back then is still affecting my life today."

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