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Wembley Stadium will play host to this summer’s Euro 2020 final between Italy and England on Sunday with 60,000 fans expected to see two of Europe’s top nations do battle.
This figure is three quarters of the stadium’s full capacity and the same number of spectators that were in attendance during the Three Lions’ 2-1 semi-final victory over Denmark on Wednesday evening.
To be amongst the lucky supporters on Sunday, individuals will need to either prove they are fully vaccinated via the NHS app, with their second vaccination 14 days before the date of the final.
If fans want to attend the historic day and aren’t fully vaccinated, they will be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 result via a NHS lateral flow test – this must be within the 48 hours before the game.
England celebrate Harry Kane's winning goal against Denmark
Gareth Southgate’s men, despite being classed as “the away team” will have the home advantage for this match – their sixth being played under the famous arch.
England have made it to only their second major tournament final in their history, the other of course the 1966 World Cup final, and we know how that finished.
Opponents Italy are no stranger to Wembley though, they graced the pitch in Tuesdays 4-2 penalty shootout semi-final victory over Spain, as well as their 2-1 Round of 16 win over Austria.
The final is set to be a showcase with two of the competition’s highest scoring teams going one-on-one.
Roberto Mancini, a man who guided Manchester City to Premier League glory during the 2011-12 season, is at the helm of his home country.
The 56-year-old has been in charge of Italy since May 2018 and under his leadership the nation have gone almost three years without losing a game.
There’s no denying it will be a tough test for the Three Lions on Sunday, with their opponents the favourites going into the match.
However, if England beat Italy and get their hands on the Henri Delaunay Trophy, who will present captain Harry Kane with the silverware, as well as give both countries their medals?
Queen Elizabeth II was responsible for this role in 1966 and 1996 when England hosted the World Cup and Euros in those years. Sunday will not give her the opportunity to do this for a third time, nor will any other member of the Royal Family do so.
Instead, Uefa have announced their president Aleksander Ceferin will hand over the trophy to the winning nation’s captain after the game.
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin (R) with Prince William
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Governing body for European football has also confirmed that the victors on Sunday will not make the iconic climb to the Wembley balcony to lift the trophy, the ceremony will take place on the pitch instead.
Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson and president of the Football Association, Prince William, will have a part to play in the aftermath of the match. During the ceremony he will either congratulate or console England’s squad.
All things lead to Wembley on Sunday, with the Three Lions wanting to win their first major tournament final in 55 years.