LIVE: England vs Italy – Euro 2020 Final… Kieran Trippier STARTS ahead of Bukayo Saka as Gareth Southgate reverts to a back three, with Phil Foden failing to make the bench after picking up a knock
- The anticipation is immense ahead of the Euro 2020 final, which kicks off at 8pm
- England will look to down Italy to win their first major tournament since 1966
- Three Lions beat Denmark, while Italy saw off Spain to book place in the final
- Race for the Golden Boot: The updated top scorer standings at Euro 2020
- Euro 2020 fixtures, results and television guide in full
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
The wait is almost over as Gareth Southgate’s England side look to etch their name in the history books forever with victory over Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions are on the cusp of glory after overcoming Denmark in a nerve-jangling semi-final at Wembley on Wednesday, with Harry Kane scoring the all-decisive goal in extra-time.
However, the Italians are out to spoil the party at Wembley – having secured their spot in the showpiece final following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Spain on Tuesday.
Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live Euro 2020 coverage of England vs Italy, including build-up, team news and scoreline.
Italy’s key man at the back is all smiles as he greets Maguire with a warm embrace and a simple ‘Big man’. England need to find the Italy defender’s weakness this evening to find success you feel.
Gareth Southgate does indeed make the change to three at the back as Kieran Trippier comes in for Bukayo Saka, with Kyle Walker moving inside to centre-back.
Italy are unchanged from the team that saw off Spain on penalties in the semi-final.
Riot police needed just to help you get into the ground. I’m sure you don’t need reminding of how dangerous crush conditions are at a football match…
Judging by Chris’s experience, would you want to take your kids or your family to an event like this?
And of course our’ fratelli e sorelle’ from Italy couldn’t resist pinching our song for their own interests…
Many have breached stewards to now storm the stadium. This is a total embarassment on so many levels, as Dominic’s footage shows.
A bit more civilised scenes for the national team as they head towards the ground.
Gareth Southgate urges England fans ‘NOT to boo Italian national anthem’
Considering many can’t respect their own national stadium at the moment, or even their fellow supporters, not too sure this advice is going to be taken.
Rather sad tweet from Dominic, here on what should be a day of celebration – win or lose.
And this is why we can’t have nice things. ‘Lads’ making it all about them again and ruining it for everyone else.
UEFA are exploring the possibility of expanding the Euros AGAIN
Lots of questions here, and the article may have some of the answers to yours. But while this may help improve a dull group stage, just remember that the World Cup only had 32 teams as recently as three years ago. Could this dilute the finals competition too much – some already think it has with 24 teams.
A humorous tweet from the Liverpool midfielder and former England international to calm the nerves before kick-off. I’m disappointed he hasn’t gone with the classic Sudoku and Parker pen combo really, but even the 35-year-old can go all radical on us all.
Gary Lineker urges England players ‘treasure and enjoy’ Euro 2020 final
‘Easy for you say, Gary’ you may be thinking, but as England’s second third greatest goal scorer of all time also points out, the Three Lions’ journey doesn’t have to end tonight…
Looking at the carnage left behind in Leicester Square for instance, I do hope the England football team find it easier to locate the goal than its supposed supporters do of finding a bin…
Wembley, here we come! England WAGS Fern Hawkins and Megan Davison board a luxury coach to the stadium – sporting matching curly blow-dries and cowgirl hats
The partners of Harry McGuire and Jordan Pickford shared glimpses of their exciting morning prepping for the biggest night in recent English footballing history.
Time to start getting some pre-match tunes together isn’t it? Unless of course you’ve been belting out all the classics since 8am this morning in which case I doff my cap to you.
What’s your pick of the bunch? Three Lions? Maybe even Three Lions ’98?. Maybe you’ve gone real old school and gone with ‘Back Home’.
Ant and Dec’s ‘We’re on the Ball’ was fun and ‘Vindaloo’ is a classic fan chant. I can’t look past the brilliant ‘World in Motion’ but as long as it’s not ‘All The Way’ (one to forget is about as kind as I can put it…) you should be on safe ground whichever you pick.
Last-minute tickets to England’s Euro final clash with Italy are being sold for £70,000 for a pair on eBay as fans are warned to avoid buying through unofficial channels
So how much is too much for a matchday ticket? Of course, something’s value is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, but I have to admit for attending any football match – I’m out at this point. Although having a spare £35,000 down the back of the sofa would be a welcome find.
EXCLUSIVE, BRYAN ROBSON: Harry Kane must demand his England team-mates BELIEVE in themselves in the team-talk before they walk out at Wembley, this is a chance to make history
‘There should be pain from the disappointment of losing the World Cup semi final three years ago. That sick, empty feeling. Do you really want that again? Absolutely not, so go out and win it.’
Strong words from the real Captain Marvel, Bryan Robson – read more here
…but England have ‘Mankind’ on our side. (no apologies for WWE references today)
Unlike Gareth we are not going to change from the combo that brought success against Denmark in the semi-final so once again it’s a big thanks to JONATHAN SPENCER for starting today’s live blog, and a good afternoon to you from me DAN RIPLEY as I hopefully steer you this page in describing England’s biggest football success in 55 years… we can all hope.
England are gearing up for their first major final in 55 years when they take on Italy in the climax of Euro 2020 at Wembley later this evening.
Gareth Southagte’s men have conceded just one goal all tournament, that coming in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Denmark.
Italy, meanwhile, won every game on the way to their semi-final against Spain, where they came out on top on penalties.
Below, Sportsmail has taken a look at both nations and picked out a combined XI with ahead of the huge showdown in the capital…
Trippier expected to be back in, replacing Saka. More here…
Amazing support across the country this afternoon.
It’s warming up nicely across the capital, coming up to five hours to go.
One favourite and two outsiders are still in with a shout for the Golden Boot, but it’s England’s skipper with the best shot at rising above the rest.
Harry Kane’s form at Spurs has been enough to put him in the world class bracket. Tonight is the stage for him, and he’ll want to score to stamp his authority on this tournament.
Golden Boot race:
= 1st – Cristiano Ronaldo 5 goals
= 1st – Patrik Schick 5 goals
= 3rd – Harry Kane 4 goals
= 7th – Raheem Sterling 3 goals
= 14th – Ciro Immobile 2 goals
We’re inside six hours until the Euro 2020 final gets going at Wembley. The emotions are already all over the shop, nerves building, and it’s already kicking-off in the streets.
They’ve been brilliant all summer, their streak remains unbroken and Roberto Mancini is marshalling a group all rooted behind the cause.
England are up against truly worthy opponents in this final.
Londoners aren’t messing about today. The final party is in full swing already, what a city.
There was fighting talk on the Italian front-pages this morning, as they got political to assume the support of Europe.
They’re confident in their team, who has been sublime all tournament.
Once, the Three Lions were naive, complacent and nervous, even with the golden generation. This summer has been a breathe of fresh air for watching England. That’s the explanation for the Euro-fever this summer.
They’ve been professional and smart, managed games and have avoided looking rattled at any stage. The performances have reminded Gary Neville of someone….
Only conceding a single goal all tournament, having sunk Germany in the last-16, and with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane now combining nicely, England are a tough proposition for Italy tonight.
There have been several standout Lions this summer, but who gets the best ratings?
Wednesday night was unforgettable. While there’s a lot of work still to do, it’s another iconic moment in the chapter of this England generation. Colombia 2018, Germany last-16, Denmark under the arch.
England conceded their first goal of the tournament to a strong Denmark side who could do little against the Three Lions’ attack, setting up this mouth-watering final.
Wembley is going to be rocking this evening, no doubt about it.
The national stadium has been at the heart of the summer and the atmosphere was iconic on Wednesday night, and it’ll only get better tonight.
Today is the day, good morning and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of the Euro 2020 final, as England aim to end 55 years of hurt.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions have the nation on the edge of their seats after qualifying for their first major final since 1966. There’s a giant evening ahead for this country.
Stay tuned right here for all the build-up from TOBY MILES, with live match updates to follow this evening.
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