England players will sing the national anthem in front of more than 60,000 spectators at Wembley
England manager Gareth Southgate is determined to win the European Championship for the entire nation after their "spirit, commitment and pride" was recognised by the Queen ahead of the game of their lives.
The country will come to a standstill when the Three Lions walk out at a rocking Wembley against Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday and attempt to follow in the footsteps of the World Cup heroes of 1966.
England’s second major tournament final offers an unforgettable opportunity for Southgate and his players as they look to end the 55-year wait for a trophy by lifting a first European Championship crown.
Here’s what you need to know about the Euro 2020 final tonight, when England play Italy.
What time does the Euro 2020 final kick-off?
The 2021 Euro final is tonight and England vs Italy kicks off at 8pm (BST time) at Wembley.
What TV channel is England vs Italy on?
BBC and ITV. Both broadcasters have been sharing out the games throughout Euro 2020, but they will broadcast the final simultaneously. Here’s how to decide which channel you should opt for.
And as our exclusive report revealed earlier this week, England’s 1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst will be pitchside on the BBC’s coverage.
How many fans will be allowed in the stadium?
Capacity for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley has been increased to 75 per cent, meaning more than 60,000 fans will now be able to attend the showpiece event. Southgate has urged those in attendance not to boo the Italian national anthem, for fear of increasing the visitors’ motivation.
When did England last win the Euros?
They never have. They have been losing semi-finalists twice – first in 1968 (read Alan Mullery on that here) and, famously, in 1996. Their last major tournament win was, of course, 1966. For memories of those days, read our interviews with Geoff Hurst and with Terry Paine.
England beat Denmark to reach Euro 2020 final
What are England’s results?
- Sunday, June 13, England 1 Croatia 0
- Friday, June 18, England 0 Scotland 0
- Tuesday, June 22, Czech Republic 0 England 1
- Tuesday, June 29, England 2 Germany 0
- Saturday, July 3, Ukraine 0 England 4
- Wednesday, July 7, England 2 Denmark 1 (AET)
What have the Italy squad said?
Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini reckons England have players on their bench good enough to have reached the final of Euro 2020.
Much has been made of how Italy’s veteran Juventus central defensive partnership of Chiellini, 36, and Leonardo Bonucci, 34, will cope with England’s youthful frontline.
Chiellini, though, insists it is not just all about shackling the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, with Italy aware of the strength in depth running through the Three Lions’ squad.
"Obviously Kane and Sterling are different players than the other strikers England have, with their own qualities, but they are all top players," the Italian captain said.
"It almost makes me laugh because I think England’s bench could probably have made it to the final on their own because they have some extraordinary players.
"We are going to try to limit their characteristics where we can, but thankfully it is not an individual game.
"It is a team game and it is not necessarily important whether Chiellini and Bonucci come up against Kane and Sterling – ultimately it is whether Italy can beat England."
Chiellini accepts he and Bonucci will have to be on their toes and use all of their experience to combat the pace of England’s attack.
"Kane and Sterling are not that young themselves – they are no spring chickens. They have a lot of experience, but (Phil) Foden, (Bukayo) Saka, (Jadon) Sancho, that is different," the veteran defender said.
"Everyone has their own attributes. If I try and match them in a foot race, me against Sterling, I don’t think I would ever beat him to the punch.
"But maybe in situations where the ball is there to be won and it is a slightly more physical 50/50, or if there is a long ball forward from the goalkeeper, I might be more likely to win the header so I need to try to limit their attributes."
Chiellini is looking forward to a "tough battle, but an exciting one" with the England captain.
"I remember the first time I came up against Harry Kane, it was a friendly in Turin against England. He immediately impressed me for just how many different attributes he has," Chiellini said.
"Kane is very technical, he shoots well from distance and is good in the air, he takes free-kicks.
"He is a player who impressed me right from day one. I played against him in a (Champions League) game for Tottenham and I am a really big fan of him."
It has been suggested Sunday could be Chiellini’s last appearance for the Azzurri.
"I really am savouring every last drop of my career," he said. "It is being well aware that I have to take things one day at a time.
"I cannot really get too far ahead of myself and have long-term plans."
Chiellini added: "I have felt there is something special and magical in the group.
"As the head coach has told us a great deal over these weeks, we have inched ever closer and now we are just an inch away from completing the job."
Roberto Mancini’s well-drilled squad edged out Spain on penalties in their semi-final after it finished 1-1 following extra time, extending their unbeaten run through 33 games.
Mancini, who has transformed the Azzurri since taking charge following the disappointment of their failure to reach the 2018 World Cup, has called for one last push from his players.
"We need to stay calm. We know what a tough game it will be, for a number of reasons," the former Manchester City boss said.
"England are a good side and have a lot of good players on the bench, but if we have made it this far that also means that we are a good team.
"We need to be absolutely concentrated on our football and understand it is the final hurdle."
What are the Euro final odds?
- England – 13/8
- Italy – 9/4
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England vs Italy prediction
Italy have looked the strongest team throughout the tournament and their mighty defence takes some beating. But England, with 67,000 fans behind them, will be difficult to overcome. It’ll be tight, it’ll be nervy… but it’s England’s to lose. England 2 Italy 1 (AET). For more expert predictions, see here.