Euro 2020 - 'Tough to crack' - Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand rate England's chances against Italy
Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand have predicted England or Denmark will find it difficult to “crack” Italy in the Euro 2020 final. The Italians await the winner of England v Denmark after beating Spain in their semi-final. “The way Roberto Mancini has turned the fortunes of the national team around he deserves huge credit. They're going to be a tough side to crack in the final," Ferdinand said.
Mancini praises 'wonderful' Spain after Italy reach Euro 2020 final
Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand both agree England will be up against it should they take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Italy beat Spain in a thrilling semi-final at Wembley, with the game going to penalties after Alvaro Morata scored a late equaliser for Spain.
Roberto Mancini’s side dug deep to stave off a Spain revival in extra time and then held their nerve superbly in the shoot-out, with Jorginho slotting home a cool as you like penalty to win it for Italy.
England have the small matter of dumping out Denmark on Wednesday night to have the chance to face Italy, but Ferdinand predicted they would be difficult to beat.
“The Italians, I fancied before the game they've got that character, mentality, toughness and with all six substitutions that were used for the Italians, the two warriors at centre-half (Chiellini and Bonucci) stayed on the pitch,” Ferdinand said on the BBC.
They are integral to this team's success and what they are doing.
“The way Roberto Mancini has turned the fortunes of the national team around he deserves huge credit and they're going to be a tough side to crack in the final.”