Euro 2020 LIVE - Matchday as England prepare to face Italy at Wembley on historic night
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FIVE MINUTES TO KICK OFF. You can follow it all here.Italy - England live - 11 July 2021 - Eurosport
SOUTHGATE CHUNTERS: Also to the BBC: !I’m done now! It’s over to them! I’ve said my bit! They’re ready. They’re getting more and more big-match experience and they’ve coped with that really well throughout the tournament, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
GEOFF HURST CHATS: Speaking to the BBC, he said: "The memories never go away. This atmosphere is absolutely manic, it’s crazy. It’s about a thousand times bigger now. Coming up the tunnel into that game, the backdraft from the crowd to the tunnel felt like the whole country was in the stadium. It was wonderful. Doing something like this in your own country, their lives will change, it’d be a magnificent achievement and they’d be remembered for ever.”
THE TEAMS. Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne. Subs: Sirigu, Locatelli, Belotti, Berardi, Pessina, Acerbi, Cristante, Bernardeschi, Bastoni, Florenzi, Toloi, Meret.
England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Phillips, Rice, Shaw, Mount, Sterling, Kane. Subs: Grealish, Henderson, Rashford, Ramsdale, Mings, Coady, Sancho, Calvert-Lewin, Johnstone, James, Saka, Bellingham.
PLAYERS ARRIVE AT WEMBLEY. The England squad are here and preparing themselves for the biggest international game for the country in more than half a century.
GARETH SOUTHGATE SAYS PLAYERS CAN CHOOSE MEDAL COLOUR. I understand that will come as a relief to many.
“I said to the players yesterday, all of these other bits, the legacy bits they have achieved, people are respecting how they’ve been and respecting that they’ve represented the country in the right way. But now they have a choice of what colour medal they get," he confirmed.
“That in the end is what Thursday, Friday, Saturday and matchday are all about, because their focus – their – is going to be spot on to achieve what they want.”
JESSE LINGARD IS ON BOARD. Perhaps England's finest playmaker since Gazza, Lingard just missed out by one or two names this summer. Lingard is not letting that disappointment keeping him from supporting the side though, and I am also pulling a similar pose right now.
HERE IS WHAT THEY'RE PLAYING FOR. The European Championship trophy.
THE BEST CB PAIRING AT EURO 2020? Harry Maguire and John Stones have both enjoyed an excellent tournament - have they been the best centre back pairing at these Euros?
Italy might have something to say about that with their pair of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. But nonetheless, these numbers illustrate just how well Maguire and Stones have played!
CHEEKY! The Mercedes F1 team have let their allegiances known by playing this prank on Ferrari. It's fair to say Lewis Hamilton and the rest of the reigning F1 constructors champions will be cheering on England!
MORE SCENES! It's not just Leicester City and Wembley that is full of England fans ahead of the big match. Here's the scene at Piccadilly Circus! They're everywhere. This is what happens when you wait 55 years to make a major tournament final!
SCENES! Crowds have gathered at Wembley hours before kick off and this is what the place looks like!
This writer wonders if these fans have gone too early - will they still have the stamina to keep going by the time the match actually kicks off at 8pm? It's all about pacing yourself!
POOR RECORD! If England are to win tonight they are going to have to improve a rather poor record in competitive games against Italy.
This stat from Opta illustrates that. But then, England have ripped up the form book by just making the final! This is a team that is forging its own path.
FAMOUS FANS! Here is the list of A-list guests invited by UEFA to tonight's Euro 2020 final.
It's all the usual names you'd expect - David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Sir Geoff Hurst, Tom Cruise, Kate Moss...
TRIPPIER TO START! Gareth Southgate will reportedly play a back three in tonight's Euro 2020 final, with Kieran Trippier reportedly set to replace Bukayo Saka in the England lineup.
That's according to the Telegraph, who claim Southgate will revert back to the game plan that worked so well in the last 16 win over Germany. It's also reported that Phil Foden is a doubt for the game after missing training on Saturday.
Kieran Trippier (Inglaterra)
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KIERAN TRIPPIER WILL REPORTEDLY START FOR ENGLAND IN EURO 2020 FINAL AGAINST ITALY WITH GARETH SOUTHGATE SET TO DEPLOY A BACK THREE!
BOY FROM BRENT! Raheem Sterling grew up in the shadow of Wembley and there's just something about the stadium that brings the best out of the 26-year-old.
Sterling's sharing of this image illustrates just how much playing for England means to him. Will he light up his back garden once more this evening?
PERFORMANCE OF THE TOURNAMENT! We should have known Euro 2020 would be a spectacular tournament when Andrea Bocelli opened the whole thing with this performance!
Who will perform at the closing ceremony tonight? Who would represent London in the same way Bocelli represented Italy? Barry from Eastenders?
ENGLAND FANS IN LEICESTER SQUARE! Excitement is building in London where hundreds (possible thousands?) of fans have started to gather!
Flares, beer, singing... this is what it feels like to be in the final of a major tournament!
HUNDREDS OF ENGLAND FANS GATHER IN LEICESTER SQUARE AHEAD OF HISTORIC EURO 2020 FINAL AGAINST ITALY AT WEMBLEY ON SUNDAY EVENING!