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Euro 2020 comes to a close on Sunday with the final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium.
This is the Three Lions’ first major tournament final in 55 years and only the nation’s second opportunity to lift silverware, having not reached the final two in any competition since.
Italy, who won the Euros in 1968, have also made it to the final for the first time since then. Led by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, the 56-year-old has revolutionised his home country, guiding them to an undefeated run of 33 games.
Gareth Southgate’s men had to overcome some tough opposition to reach the last two, beating the likes of 2018 World Cup semi-finalists Croatia in the group stage, rivals Germany in the Round of 16 and 1992 champions Denmark in the semi-final.
England's players celebrate Harry Kane's winning goal against Denmark in Wednesday's semi-final
(Image: The FA via Getty Images)
The latter match was arguably England’s toughest with the Danes forcing both nations to go to extra time.
Harry Kane slotted home a rebound from his initial penalty being saved, this was enough for the Three Lions to see out Denmark and make it to the final.
Italy had a bit of a different journey to the last two. Mancini’s side have won all of their games, including a 2-1 victory over Belgium in quarter-finals and a 4-2 penalty shootout win over three-time Euros winners Spain in the final four.
So what does this mean for the Danes and Spanish? Will we see them fight it out for a third-place finish, or do their defeats that saw them fail to progress in the tournament earlier in the week mean just that for the pair?
The Mirror is here to be the bearer of bad news. Unfortunately there won’t be a third-place play-off at this summer’s competition, a shame considering how great this match would’ve been with the quality Denmark and Spain possess.
However, in the past, a third-place match took place in the Euros, specifically between 1960 and 1980, with Czechoslovakia the first and last winners of the format.
The reason for the game being scrapped was due to low viewership and attendances during the 1980 tournament in Italy. Uefa changed the format of the competition from four countries to eight that year with West Germany lifting the Henri Delaunay Trophy on June 22.
Just four years later the tournament was tweaked again. Semi-finals were introduced and this meant 15 matches were played.
Italy celebrate their penalty shootout win over Spain on Tuesday evening
Then everything changed again in 1996 when England hosted the Euros. Uefa decided to expand the competition even further by doubling the number of nations competing, meaning 16 of Europe’s best would compete for the prestigious trophy.
With more countries this meant another tweak in the overall format of the tournament, 31 matches were played from 1996 instead of the previous 15.
So, now we know there won’t be a third-place play-off between the Danes and Spanish, attention turns to Sunday’s final where England could make history and win their first-ever Euros final in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley and millions watching at home.