Will Harry Kane and Co be celebrating on Sunday evening?


The final is nearly upon us and mixed in with the flip-flopping between tension and excitement is the inevitable pondering over what will happen. Will England fans be spared another nail-biting experience and win it by a few goals? Or, as is probably more likely, will it be tight match in which just a one-goal margin will seal glory? 

Telegraph Sport asked some England football legends and all-time sporting greats for their thoughts on what they think will unfold at Wembley. 

Steven Gerrard, former England player

England 1-0 Italy

Congratulations on your journey so far – you have all been incredible . Go and win it now and get what you all deserve. Good luck.

Harry Redknapp, former football manager

England 2-1 Italy

We have the better players, and we’re the better team. Most importantly, we’re playing at home.

Sir Ben Ainslie, Olympic sailor

England 2-1 Italy

It looks like two very evenly matched teams but it, finally, has to be England’s time. Playing at Wembley perhaps might just make the difference. Come on England!

Will Greenwood, Rugby World Cup winner

England 3-1 Italy (after extra-time)

I grew up in Italy and loved them. They will make it incredibly difficult for us and it will be cagey, but we’ll kill them in extra-time. Chiellini will be running in treacle by the 90th minute.

Darren Anderton, former England player

England 1-0 Italy

The worry before the tournament was how we would fare defensively but I think Gareth has addressed that. And I think the belief in this team now is that, if we get ahead, we are going to win.

Michael Owen, former England player

England 2-1 Italy

I see a carbon-copy of the semi-final: 1-1 in normal time, and England to win 2-1 after extra-time. On and off the pitch these lads have been a credit to the nation, bringing us all together after a difficult couple of years. There’s nothing like a football tournament to unify us.

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Stephen Warnock, former England player

England win on penalties

Good luck to everyone involved today, you have given hope in difficult times – make us proud. And I think you will.

Richard Scudamore, former Premier League chief executive

England 1-0 Italy

Just enough would be more than enough and would bestow all the gratitude of a nation that Gareth and the team deserve.

Daniel Sturridge, former England player

England 2-1 Italy

It will be a close game but I fancy England to do it this time. 

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, the 11-time Paralympic gold medallist

2-1 England

It will be something great to celebrate.  It’s going to be tough and Italy have a long winning streak.  The atmosphere will be electric

George Kruis, former England and Lions lock and co-founder of  Fourfive nutrition

No score prediction, other than England to win by one goal.

The game is going to be really close, but England will score late in the game to win it.

Gabby Logan, broadcaster

England 2-1 Italy

This team are not scared. They’re not tied to the past. It feels like they’ve changed their culture, their DNA, they’re not going to buy into any inferiority about Italy. 

Lee Westwood, golfer

England 2-1 Italy 

England have the best squad and that depth of resources will make the difference in the last game. 

Sir Geoffrey Boycott, former England cricketer

England to win on penalties

I’m not being patriotic. I just see a very good England team. Sometimes in sport you are lucky that a group of players come together at the same time, like West Indies in the 80s. This England squad has 15 or 16 highly talented youngsters and I have said throughout the tournament England will win it for that reason alone. My old friend Brian Clough used to tell his back four "you keep a clean sheet and we will score a goal". That is what England have done for all but one game.

Tracy Austin, US former tennis player

England 2-1 Italy

I would love for England to win because we’re here! But I have no idea, it’s a complete guess. 

Martina Navratilova, former tennis player

England 2-1 Italy

I’ve been watching throughout the two weeks, I’ve been pulling for anybody to beat Italy – I don’t like the way they pretend they’ve been stabbed to death or fall to the ground about anything. I know it’s part of the game, but I think England have played cleaner, and I always root for a team that plays to win – and England have done that. They’ve played brilliantly, Harry Kane has been on fire.  I’ll go 2-1 for England, I think they’ll break Italy’s defence down.