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In what will be their first major tournament final in 55 years, England will face Italy in the Euros on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
Gareth Southgate’s men have the daring task to bring the Henri Delaunay Trophy home, something the Three Lions have never done before.
Italy will be hoping to crush the dream of all England fans by winning their second Euros. The nation has former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini at the helm – a man who has guided his home country to an undefeated run lasting almost three years.
The Three Lions will be relishing a chance to beat one of Europe’s best nations, with the form of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw and Jordan Pickford exciting supporters.
Italy manager Roberto Mancini (L) and England boss Gareth Southgate (R) with the Henri Delaunay Trophy
(Image: (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images))
Kane is only two goals away from winning this summer’s Golden Boot award, while Pickford has already got his hands on the Golden Glove after going five games without conceding.
Shaw has the chance to finish the tournament with the most assists. The Manchester United left-back has three to his name and only needs two more to definitely live up to his nickname “Shawberto” – this a play on former Brazil legend Roberto Carlos’ name.
The Italian side is a strong one though with them boasting names such as Gianluigi Donnarumma, Giorgio Chiellini, Chelsea ’s Jorginho and forward Ciro Immobile to name a few.
Mancini’s men beat Belgium in the quarter-final of the competition as well as former champions Spain in the final four. Their pace on the counter attack could cause the Three Lions trouble.
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Italy have also scored the second most goals as a team in the tournament (12), two more than their opponents on Sunday.
Southgate will be looking to continue England’s impressive defensive record. His side has only conceded one goal so far in their 2-1 semi-final extra time win over Denmark on Wednesday.
So, if the Three Lions do bring it home, what plans are in place for a victory parade?
According to reports there will be no open-bus parade if England wins Euro 2020 on Sunday. The reason for this is due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in place in the country.
England fans celebrate their nation's semi-final victory over Denmark on Wednesday evening on top of a bus in London
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However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Boris Johnson has announced that on July 19 that all restrictions will be lifted and thus opens the door for the FA to celebrate what would be only the second major tournament win by the Three Lions.
If victorious on Sunday, the FA do want to celebrate the occasion with the fans. However, it is expected that at the point of “freedom day” all members of Southgate’s squad will be on holiday by then.
There will be an opportunity for tens of thousands of England supporters to witness history at Wembley if the nation beats Italy. The UK Government has announced that the stadium will be at 75 percent capacity (60,000) for the final.