Euro 2020 final LIVE: England vs Italy build-up with Phil Foden set to MISS OUT at Wembley following injury

ENGLAND are counting down the hours to their first major tournament final in 55 years as they look to win Euro 2020 tonight..

Gareth Southgate's men have been enjoying some time on their unicorn inflatables before getting down to the serious business of plotting Italy's downfall in the final.

However, Phil Foden is unlikely to play any part after missing England's final training session through injury.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    OWEN GOAL

    Former Man Utd striker Michael Owen has backed England to win the European Championship for the first time.

    The ex-Three Lions star believes Gareth Southgate's men will beat Italy 2-1 in the Euro 2020 final, with England to score late in extra-time.

    He told Bet Victor: "Now, from a teams point of view, I think that England are going to go with a normal formation of a back four. The only big question mark I’ve got for Gareth Southgate is who plays in that attacking role?

    "Is it going to be [Jadon] Sancho or is it going to be [Bukayo] Saka, who Gareth Southgate has turned to on most occasions.

    "I think he’s probably going to go with the same line up as the one he played in the semi-finals against Denmark. From Italy’s point of view, I must admit, I didn’t expect them to reach this stage of the tournament.

    "However, they have been the stand-out team with some unbelievable team performances and they are a real match for this England team.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SON OF A GUN

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has wished England good luck ahead of their Euro 2020 final against Italy.

    In a clip he posted on social media, he said: "Best of luck to England tonight.

    "It's been an incredible journey so far.

    "But we're all hoping yo can go one better and bring it home tonight."

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  • Jake Lambourne

    HOW ABOUT MAT

    Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini believes it could be a special Sunday for Italians.

    Not only could supporters be supporting the first Italian Wimbledon champion, but also a European Championship when they face England in the final tonight.

    Commenting on the prospect of a double celebration, Berrettini said: "My first final in Wimbledon, it's just crazy to think about it.

    "I think I never dreamed about this because it was too much for a dream."

    "Obviously for Italian people in general, it's going to be tough Sunday. But I think we deserve it. I think it's going to be a special Sunday for all of us.

    "It's great day, great sport day. I'm really happy that together with football tennis is now one of the biggest sports in Italy."

  • Jake Lambourne

    OH NO YOU DON'T

    Novak Djokovic has risked incurring the wrath of England fans ahead of his Wimbledon final against Matteo Berrettini.

    The Serbian ace has revealed he is rooting for Italy in their Euro 2020 final clash against the Three Lions later.

    He told Sky Sport Italia: "Football and tennis, Mamma Mia Italia, it’s fantastic!

    “Berrettini doesn’t have much to lose against me, perhaps Italy have more to lose with England.

    “I hope it’s a wonderful couple of matches and that Italy only win in the evening!”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ITAL BE TOUGH

    England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final tonight after sneaking past Denmark 2-1 in extra-time.

    But if history is anything to go by, the Three Lions will need a miracle to finally break their 55-year major tournament drought.

    Despite England having home advantage, the Italians could be considered favourites to lift the trophy come Sunday evening.

    After all, their record against the Three Lions is spectacular – particularly in major tournament showdowns.

    In fact, England have won just EIGHT of their 27 meetings with Italy and are yet to record a victory in World Cup of European Championship games.

    Italy have won 11 times against the Three Lions, most-recently in the 2-1 group stage win at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    England haven't fared well against Italy in major tournaments
  • Jake Lambourne

    EURO 2020 NEWS

    Harry Kane has told England to be "calm and ruthless" tonight as the country wills them to win only their second major final ever.

    The Three Lions are tipped to be unchanged, especially as Phil Foden could miss out through injury, against Italy in the Euro 2020 showpiece at Wembley.

    And skipper Kane believes England's run to their biggest match since winning the World Cup in 1966 is a natural progression.

    He said: “It’s about doing what we have done and what we’ve learnt for the last four or five years as a group.

    “That’s being calm in moments and then being ruthless   — that’s what we are going to need to do against a very good Italian side.

    “To have these Euros at Wembley, in front of our fans, where we can really connect with them and see their joy, has been truly special.”

    In fact, boss Gareth Southgate believes the crowd of 60,000 could be key to England completing a flight of fantasy from "apathy" to ecstasy.

    He said: "When we started, three or four years ago we had people throwing paper aeroplanes, they weren't behind the team and there was an apathy.

    "Now the energy in the stadium is fantastic. That is so important.

    "The players need to feel that warmth and support. It has definitely helped inspire us."

    Meanwhile, Jack Grealish and Jordan Pickford have confirmed their plans to celebrate in Las Vegas if the Three Lions win Euro 2020.

  • supal

    SOUTHGATE: DON’T BOO ITALIAN ANTHEM

    Gareth Southgate has urged England fans NOT to boo the Italian national anthem at the Euro 2020 final.

    The gaffer encouraged fans at Wembley to do the right thing and “respect” the country’s anthem ahead of the crunch clash. 

    Over 60,000 fans will have Wembley rocking tomorrow night as Harry Kane leads the Three Lions into their first tournament final since 1966.

    Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the final, Southgate told reporters: “It’s important our fans always respect the opposition.

    “We know that when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem it inspires them more. I don’t think it will help the team.

    “We can intimidate the team booing during the game, but it is different for the anthem.”

  • supal

    LION IN WAIT

    Harry Kane has urged his England team-mates to be ruthless — and finally end 55 years of hurt.

    Three Lions skipper Kane is fired up to beat the Italians at Wembley in the Euros final and emulate our heroes of 1966.

    And he is also driven by his own painful run of suffering three final defeats with Tottenham.

    Kane, 27, said: “It’s about doing what we have done and what we’ve learnt for the last four or five years as a group.

    “That’s being calm in moments and then being ruthless   — that’s what we are going to need to do against a very good Italian side.

    “We’re representing the country and want everyone to be proud of what we’re doing, on and off the pitch.

    “To have these Euros at Wembley, in front of our fans, where we can really connect with them and see their joy, has been truly special.”

  • supal

    ALL BEHIND YOU

    Prince William has shared a rousing cry to England ahead of the team's Euro 2020 final showdown against Italy.

    The footie fanatic wished Gareth Southgate's squad "the very best of luck" for the historic game and gushed: "I can’t really believe this is happening."

    The future king's message read: "Gareth, Harry, and to every member of the England team on and off the pitch, I just want to wish you the very best of luck for tonight. 

    "What a team performance it’s been. Every member of the squad has played their part, and all the back room team as well have been truly essential. 

    "I can’t really believe this is happening. So exciting and I just wish you the very best of luck. 

    "You bring out the very best of England and we are all behind you. 

    "The whole country is behind you. So, bring it home."

  • supal

    AROUND THE WORLD

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino is at the Copa America final between Argentina and Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.

    He'll head straight to London to be in the stands at Wembley on Sunday night.

    Not a bad sporting weekend.

    .Credit: AFP
  • supal

    ROYAL WISH

    THE Queen last night sent a moving good luck message to Gareth Southgate and his team on the eve of their crunch Euro 2020 final showdown against Italy.

    Her Majesty praised the Three Lions for their "spirit, commitment, and pride" ahead of tomorrow's nail-biting final.

    The 95-year-old has been swept up in the Euro 2020 excitement with England to face Italy tonight at Wembley in the historic game.

    And the monarch said she hoped history would “record” the Three Lions’ success and show them beating Roberto Mancini’s tough Italian side.

    Writing the note on Windsor Castle-headed paper, the Queen evoked memories of 1966 when she famously presented the World Cup to England Captain Bobby Moore after the 4-2 win over Germany.

    The Queen – addressing the letter to manager Gareth Southgate OBE – wrote: “55 years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.

    “I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment, and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”

    She signed the note “Elizabeth R”.

  • supal

    JUST ONE SCORENETTO

    SUN mascot Harry Mane unfurls our England flag on a Venice gondola — to let Italy know our boys will lick them.

    The lucky lion roared “it’s coming home” as he travelled the Grand Canal like the singer in the ice cream ad.

    Harry caused a splash when he reached Venice from Rome ahead of tonight’s final.

    And he warned: “They know we mean business now.”

    Harry said: “It’s great to be in Venice – what a beautiful city. It’s amazing.

    “It’s important we tell as many Italians as possible that it’s coming home! I had a good time singing that which amused the locals.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SOUTHGATE: FROM APATHY TO ECSTASY

    England boss Gareth Southgate says beating Italy tonight would complete a remarkable flight of fantasy- from the "apathy" of fans throwing paper planes to the greatest night since 1966 World Cup glory.

    Ahead of the Euro 20202 final, he said: "When we started, three or four years ago we had people throwing paper aeroplanes, they weren't behind the team and there was an apathy.

    "Now the energy in the stadium is fantastic. That is so important.

    "The players need to feel that warmth and support. It has definitely helped inspire us."

  • Ian Tuckey

    GIOR-DROPPING SUBS BENCH

    Giorgio Chiellini has paid tribute to England’s squad depth ahead of their Euros showdown.

    The Italy defender claims the Three Lions bench is so strong they could have reached the final themselves.

    Chiellini and partner Leonardo Bonucci, 34, are like rocks in the Italy defence but he says Gareth Southgate’s substitute options are so deep it makes him laugh.

    After starting the game up against Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka, Chiellini is also wary about the impact of Jadon Sancho,  Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford.

    The 36-year-old said: “It almost makes me laugh, you know, because I think England’s bench could have probably made it to the final on their own — there’s some extraordinary players.

    “We’re going to try and limit their characteristics.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    LION IN WAIT

    Harry Kane has urged his England team-mates to be ruthless tomorrow — and finally end 55 years of hurt.

    Three Lions skipper Kane is fired up to beat the Italians at Wembley in the Euros final and emulate our heroes of 1966.

    And he is also driven by his own painful run of suffering three final defeats with Tottenham.

    Kane, 27, said: “It’s about doing what we have done and what we’ve learnt for the last four or five years as a group.

    “That’s being calm in moments and then being ruthless   — that’s what we are going to need to do against a very good Italian side.

    “We’re representing the country and want everyone to be proud of what we’re doing, on and off the pitch.

    “To have these Euros at Wembley, in front of our fans, where we can really connect with them and see their joy, has been truly special.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    WIN AT ALL COSTS

    JOSE MOURINHO EXCLUSIVE: Gareth Southgate has to be the first man off the team bus tonight to lead his troops.

    He has to be the first one on the pitch to make the players feel he’s happy to be there.

    Because, in spite of their experience, they will be looking at him for this final.

    When players have doubts, they look at you, as a manager, they analyse you.

    They see how you behave, how you react.

    There has been a war of the coaches between Southgate and Italy’s Roberto Mancini before this final, as they think and work and analyse. The midfield battle will be crucial as both sides are so strong there.

    Italy’s midfield is super talented — Jorginho, Marco Verratti, Nicolo Barella, with Manuel Locatelli and Bryan Cristante incredible solutions from the bench.

    It was a big decision for England to stick with Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice — a very strong statement which said, ‘We are not here to entertain, we are not here to be an amazing football team’.

    It’s a big lesson for some people who think the most important thing in football is to be beautiful. In the end, we realise what this country wants most is to win the Euros.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MOUNT WARMING UP TO JORGINHO CHALLENGE

    Mason Mount has learned how to avoid getting burned — literally — by Jorginho.

    The England star revealed how his Italian pal at Chelsea used to wind him up by putting a hot stud on his legs in training.

    Now Mount and his Three Lions team-mates must stop the prankster from dominating the midfield in Sunday's Euro 2020 final.

    And one of the Chelsea duo will become only the tenth player to win the Champions League and Euros in the same season.

    Mount said: “When we go out to training there’s this big microwave which heats boots up so that when you put them on it feels nice and it’s not tough and hard.

    “Some of the boys put their boots in that and when you have studs that are metal and take it out, they get boiling hot.

    “So when he walks out and everyone is putting their boots on he puts a hot stud on your leg. It burns!

    “He’s done that a couple of times  to me, he did it in that first season when I had come back.

    “But I know the drill now and I look out for it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    START OF GOLDEN ERA

    HARRY REDKNAPP EXCLUSIVE: We've waited 55 years for football to come home — and it’s going to be here for years when it does.

    I’ve said all along that this is our time, that England will win the Euros, that we’ll never have a better chance to lift a trophy.

    And when we do — because I am more confident than ever about beating Italy tonight — don’t think this is the end of the journey. Far from it . . . this might only be the start.

    Winning the tournament would — make that will! — be great but there’s no way this is a one-off.

    This lot really CAN be the golden generation. England really CAN be a major force in the Euros and World Cups for a long time.

    Germany have done it in the past, there was a time when France dominated, and Spain — with the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta — as well.

    Look at the number of kids in this England group and there’s no reason why this should not be their time, why it shouldn’t be the start of something massive.

    The likes of Bukayo Saka, who was a surprise choice to even be in the squad, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho — in football terms they are still babies.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PALACE EYE NKETIAH AND DOLBERG

    Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is going back to old clubs Arsenal and Nice to sign Eddie Nketiah and Euro 2020 star Kasper Dolberg.

    Vieira is keen to add extra firepower to his squad and would love Nketiah — and he is available for £20million.

    The 22-year-old striker may be at the point where he has to move on after years of trying to be first choice for the Gunners and with just a few games to show for it.

    Vieira is also checking out a potential deal for Denmark hitman Dolberg.

    The new Eagles chief signed him from Ajax two seasons ago when he was boss at Nice.

    The silky 23-year-old forward was the club’s top scorer in his first season but his form dipped and Vieira was sacked in 2020.

    However, there were signs of his old magic as Denmark reached the Euro semi-finals.

    Dolberg is up for sale but he could be more expensive than Nketiah at £25m — with Vieira only likely to take one of the pair.

    Palace are still looking for a wide man and could revisit their interest in Watford’s Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr, 23.

    They had an offer of £25m plus extras turned down at the start of last season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PSG ‘IN FOR POGBA’

    PSG are keen on Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, reports in France say.

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to keep the midfielder as he enters the final year of his contract.

    But RMC Sport claim PSG have contacted the 28-year-old’s representatives.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    IT'S COMING HOME IS OUR 'UNIQUE HUMOUR'

    Gareth Southgate has insisted the “It’s Coming Home” chant is a product of England’s “unique” sense of humour – and is NOT arrogant. 

    The gaffer hit back after foreign media accused Three Lions fans of overconfidence ahead of tomorrow’s final against Italy at Wembley.

    It's coming home are the opening words and chorus to Three Lions, written by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds for Euro '96 in England. 

    In a press conference this evening, Southgate jumped to England fans’ defence – pointing out that Brits had a self-deprecating sense of humour and were well aware of their team’s past failures. 

    Southgate, who missed a crucial penalty in the Euro 96 semi-final against Germany, said for a long time he could not listen to the song – as it was too painful.

    He said: "I didn't want to listen to it for 15 years as it was too painful. You have to know the English to understand our humour.

    "It's certainly not arrogance. The lyrics are making fun of ourselves really. It has always appeared at the tournaments.

    "The atmosphere in the ground has been great."

  • Ian Tuckey

    THE BUK STOPS

    Bukayo Sakayo looks set to retain his spot in the England side for the country's date of destiny in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

    The Arsenal ace, 19, was trusted to start by Gareth Southgate during Wednesday's extra-time semi-final win over Denmark.

    Saka – who missed the trip to Rome to beat Ukraine due to injury – has also been given the nod in the victories over Germany and the Czech Republic.

    Jadon Sancho deputised last week in Italy and impressed as the Three Lions romped to a 4-0 win but returned to the bench against Denmark.

    And Saka's position in the side was strengthened following reports that Phil Foden is set to miss the final tomorrow with a foot injury.

    The Manchester City starlet was pushing for a start after a lively camo in midweek but sat out training today after picking up a knock.

    Saka meanwhile will be rewarded for his stunning tournament that reached new heights with his assist against the Danes.

    He will once again be flanked by Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, with the former just one goal away from matching his Golden Boot rivals.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SOUTHGATE: DON'T BOO ITALIAN ANTHEM

    Gareth Southgate has urged England fans NOT to boo the Italian national anthem at the Euro 2020 final tomorrow. 

    The gaffer encouraged fans at Wembley to do the right thing and “respect” the country’s anthem ahead of the crunch clash. 

    Over 60,000 fans will have Wembley rocking tomorrow night as Harry Kane leads the Three Lions into their first tournament final since 1966.

    Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the final, Southgate told reporters: “It's important our fans always respect the opposition.

    "We know that when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem it inspires them more. I don't think it will help the team.

    "We can intimidate the team booing during the game, but it is different for the anthem."

    It comes after a string of sports stars condemned the minority of fans who booed the Danish national anthem on Wednesday night before the semi-final clash. 

    Writing on Twitter, ex-England striker and BBC presenter Gary Lineker urged fans not to boo the Italian anthem, titled “Il Canto degli Italiani”, as it was an “absolute belter”. 

    He added that it was “rude, disrespectful and utterly classless”. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    THE LION QUEEN

    The Queen recalled handing England the 1966 World Cup as she praised the Three Lions' "spirit, commitment and pride" and sent "good wishes" for tomorrow's Euro 2020 final.

    Credit: PA

    Her message ahead of the Wembley clash with Italy read: "Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.

    "I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves."

  • Ian Tuckey

    NUNO PONDERS ‘LINGARD IN KANE SWAP’

    New Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants Jesse Lingard and another Manchester United star if he is forced into a £100million-plus-players exchange for Harry Kane, Football Insider claim.

    Santo still helps to keep the England skipper after initially valuing him at £150m.

    But Kane, 28, is thought to have admitted he hopes to leave, weakening Spurs’ position.

    Credit: Getty

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