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Euro 2020: England vs Italy Preview

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Euro 2020: England vs Italy Preview

After 55 long years of heartache, England are only one win away from their first major tournament trophy, since 1966. They will face a tough Italy side at their home ground of Wembley live from 8pm on BBC One.

The Three Lions showed great resilience and determination to come back from a goal down to get pasted Denmark in the semi-finals. While Italy had to do it via a penalty shootout against Spain after the two nations couldn’t be separated over 120 minutes of football.

Only 9 England players at this years European Championship were in Russia for the 2018 World Cup, where England suffered an agonizing 2-1 defeat to Croatia in the semi-final. Most of those players are now conceded as the experienced heads, which has proved vital in a very young England team.

From the first match of the tournament, Italy where shown as a team to fear, beating Turkey 3-0. They came out of their group with maximum points. Although it is fair to say that Italy haven’t had the easiest knockout stage route to the final. They had to get passed Austria, Belgium and Spain all of which were not easy.

 

England predicted XI: Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Stones; Trippier, Phillips, Rice, Shaw; Saka, Kane, Sterling

Italy predicted XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Jorginho, Barella, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

 

Match Facts

Head-to-head

  • Out of the 27 times the two nations have met each other, England have come out winners on only 8 occasions. While Italy have racked up 11 wins and they have finished level 8 times.
  • The last two times the two nations have met both ended in 1-1 draws. Both being international friendlies in 2015 and 2018.
  • Neither nation’s penalty shootout record something to fear, as they have both lost more than they have won (England W3, L6. Italy W5, L7)

 Italy

  • This will be Italy’s 10th major tournament final (6 World Cups, 4 Euros). Only Germany with 14 have played in more among the European nations.
  • Italy have never lost to England at a major tournament, winning 3 and drawing 1.
  • The Italians are also unbeaten in their last 33 matches, winning 27 and drawing 6. They’ve managed to score 86 goals in that time and conceded only 10.

 

England

  • This will be the first time ever that England have appeared in a Euro final. By making it this far in the competition, it also puts an end to the longest running gap between major tournament finals for any European nation (55 years).
  • England have only lost 1 of their last 17 matches at Wembley, winning 15 of them. In that time they have scored 46 goals and conceded 5.

 

We hope you enjoyed the article ‘Euro 2020: England vs Italy Preview.’ What are your predictions for the final? Do you think England can win their first major tournament in 55 years? Let us know!

 

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Olly is currently doing a degree in sports journalism at Leeds Trinity University. He is an Ipswich Town fan and enjoys playing football and tennis in his spare time. His aspiration is to one day become a leading sports journalist within the online journalism sector.

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