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15:40 

KIERAN TRIPPIER WILL REPORTEDLY START FOR ENGLAND IN EURO 2020 FINAL AGAINST ITALY WITH GARETH SOUTHGATE SET TO DEPLOY A BACK THREE!

15:00 

HUNDREDS OF ENGLAND FANS GATHER IN LEICESTER SQUARE AHEAD OF HISTORIC EURO 2020 FINAL AGAINST ITALY AT WEMBLEY ON SUNDAY EVENING!

19:35 

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.”

19:25 

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.”

19:10 

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.

18:40 

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.

18:20 

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.”

18:00 

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.

17:30 

HERE IS WHAT THEY'RE PLAYING FOR. The European Championship trophy.

17:00

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!

16:50 

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!

16:40 

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!

16:25 

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!

16:10

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.

15:55 

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...

15:40

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)
15:40 

KIERAN TRIPPIER WILL REPORTEDLY START FOR ENGLAND IN EURO 2020 FINAL AGAINST ITALY WITH GARETH SOUTHGATE SET TO DEPLOY A BACK THREE!

15:35

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?

15:20 

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?

15:05

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!

15:00 

HUNDREDS OF ENGLAND FANS GATHER IN LEICESTER SQUARE AHEAD OF HISTORIC EURO 2020 FINAL AGAINST ITALY AT WEMBLEY ON SUNDAY EVENING!

14:45

DECISIONS! Southgate has some thinking to do such is the number of options he has at his disposal. What will his XI for tonight's Euro 2020 final be?

Will he stick with the midfield duo of Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice up against the Italian trio of Nicolo Barella, Jorginho and Marco Verratti? Will Bukayo Saka or Jadon Sancho play on the right?

14:30

LEADERSHIP! Gareth Southgate had his critics earlier in the tournament, but the 50-year-old has been vindicated by the way England have marched all the way to the Euro 2020 final.

Southgate has some real leadership in his role as England boss. He is someone the country can be truly proud of.

14:15 

THE STAGE IS SET! Wembley is looking the part of this evening's Euro 2020 final between Italy and England.

New Wembley hasn't always been that popular with fans, but it feels like the venue has been given some life at this tournament. Some fantastic atmospheres!

14:00

LIONS' MESSAGE TO THE THREE LIONS! The British and Irish Lions have sent this message of good luck to Gareth Southgate and his England team for this evening's Euro 2020 final.

Finn Russell didn't get the memo, though!

13:45 

ALL EYES ON LONDON! It's a massive day of sporting significance in the capital today, with the Wimbledon men's singles final starting soon and the Euro 2020 final kicking off later tonight!

Matteo Berrettini is playing Novak Djokovic for the Wimbledon title, then presumably he'll be watching Italy this evening!

13:35

FINAL PREPARATIONS! Harry Kane and his England teammates are going through their final preparations ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 final against Italy.

The nerves must be jangling, even this far away from kick off!

12:55

LATEST FROM THE ENGLAND CAMP! Southgate has provided an update on a number of injury concerns ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 final.

Phil Foden is a doubt for the match with a foot injury while Southgate has a difficult decision to make on the right wing, where Buakyo Saka and Jadon Sancho have impressed in the tournament.

12:40

DOING NUMBERS! As mentioned earlier, Sterling has been one of the players of the tournament.

After a difficult club campaign for Manchester City, the 26-year-old has shown his quality with a series of sparkling performances for England at Euro 2020. He will be a real threat to Italy tonight!

12:25 

TALL ORDER! As the Euro 2020 Twitter account notes here, Italy are undefeated in their last 33 games in all competitions.

However, England have only lost two of their last 27 matches at Wembley. Might the spiritual power of The Home of Football get them over the line?

12:10

KEEPING IT TIGHT AT THE BACK! England have been defensively solid all the way through Euro 2020, conceding just one goal in the six games they have played!

This stat from Opta suggests Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice are key to that defensive solidity. Both players have been very impressive during the tournament.

11:55 

PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT? Who are the candidates? Raheem Sterling has had an excellent Euro 2020 campaign for England. He's surely deserving of a mention.

Paul Pogba was excellent until France were knocked out. Leonardo Spinazzola was superb before suffering a bad injury. Who would your shout be?

11:40

WILLIAM'S MESSAGE! Prince William has offered a message of good will to Gareth Southgate and his England players ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 final.

He is, of course, the President of The FA and will be at Wembley this evening. Full face painted as a St George's flag, we hope.

11:25

GETTING A ROUND IN EARLY! There are reports of long queues at pubs across England with some fans even queuing from as early as 6am!

Got to get the pints in early in preparation for chucking them up into the air!

11:10

GOALS GALORE! These numbers from Opta illustrate how sharp the goalscorers at Euro 2020 have been - a 12% conversion rate is very high!

Will there be goals in the final tonight? Both England and Italy have kept things tight at the back in this tournament. Could be a tight affair.

10:55 

THIS IS WHAT THEY'RE PLAYING FOR! Who will be holding this famous trophy aloft at Wembley tonight?

This has to be one of the best trophies in football along with the Champions League trophy, the Bundesliga shield and the Emirates Cup.

10:40

GOOD LUCK, KALVIN! Leeds United have posted this video message wishing good luck to Kalvin Phillips, who has been a key figure for England at Euro 2020.

Watching this hits home just how much this means to the people around the players.

10:25

GOOSEBUMPS! If you weren't feeling the nerves, watch this video and get back to us on that!

It's difficult to comprehend just how much history is on the line for England this evening. There are generations of fans who have never seen their national team in the final of a major tournament before. That changes tonight!

10:10

CHIELLINI ON ENGLAND'S STRENGTH IN DEPTH! According to Giorgio Chiellini, England's bench is strong enough on its own to have made the Euro 2020 final.

"England's bench could have made it to the final themselves because they have extraordinary players," the Italy defender said. "Thankfully it is a team game, it's not Chiellini and Bonucci versus Kane and Sterling, ultimately it is Italy versus England."

Giorgio Chiellini presser before EURO-final
09:55

UNBEATABLE! Italy are currently on a 33-game unbeaten run ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 final against England.

Mancini and Chiellini have spoken to ITV Football about the improvements they have made over the last few years. Keep in mind that Italy didn't even qualify for the 2018 World Cup!

09:40

OMENS! England have failed to beat Italy in their six previous meetings with them at major tournaments. It's fair to say the omens are in the Azzurri's favour!

Euro 2020's Twitter account has posted footage of Italy's win over England at the 1980 European Championships. Will history repeat itself?

09:25

SOUTHGATE ON SUPPORT! Gareth Southgate has been speaking about the support and recognition his England players have received ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 final.

The England team received a letter from the Queen and the Prime Minister to wish them luck for the big game at Wembley.

Video - 'Letter from the Queen fantastic before the final' - Southgate

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09:10

TODAY IS THE DAY! This evening will be a moment 55 years in the making for England. Not since 1966 have they played in the final of an international tournament. Are you nervous?

England's official Twitter account has shared the shirt Harry Kane and co. will be wearing against Italy tonight. Is this the kit the Three Lions will become immortals in?

08:10 

Euro 2020 LIVE - Matchday as England prepare to face Italy at Wembley on historic night

Gareth Southgate leads a team talk during England v Denmark