England host Italy at the iconic Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the final of Euro 2020. It is England’s first ever appearance at the Final of the European Championships. England are a football crazed nation with many believing the game itself was invented in the Country. Hence the saying “Football is coming home.” They will however be facing another iconic European Footballing Country in Italy. Italy are 4-time World Cup winners, second only to Brazil. They have also won the European Championships once. As expected, Italian fans are refusing to believe the hype that England will win the Euros. Hence the saying Football will either be “coming home” or it will be “going to Rome.”
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England have never been at a Final of the European Championships. In fact, this is England’s first final at a major tournament since 1966. This is surprising for a Country with rich football heritage, very strong League and blessed with world class talents. The truth is that England have been underachievers for the last 55 years. Disunity among players, wrong calls or simply too many good players have been some of the causes for this underachievement. That’s why not a lot of people cheered when the FA confirmed Gareth Southgate as manager in 2016.
Southgate has however built a strong English team. His team reached the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup for the first time since 1990. He has had English fans dreaming of glory again at Euro 2020. While they started the tournament sluggishly, they have certainly risen to the occasion now. Their strong 2-0 win over eternal rivals Germany in the Round of 16 marked a turning point for Southgate’s team. They look a far more balanced team than the “golden generation” of 2000-2010.
England have also benefitted from the multi-nations hosting system of Euro 2020. The Three Lions have played 6 of their 7 games at home, the only Nation to have that benefit. They have just 1 more hurdle to climb now; Italy…. Roberto Mancini’s Italy. Italy themselves are a well oiled machine on a 33 game unbeaten run. England will need to be at their absolute best to win their first ever European Championship.
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While Italy might have looked like a recovering side a few years ago, they now look like absolute machines in their own right. A team that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup is now in the final of the Euros. Italy have Roberto Mancini to thank for that. When Mancini took over in 2018, Italy were 20th in FIFA rankings and were in decline. The former Inter and Man City manager has however rallied the troops and built a very strong Italian team.
In just 3 years under Mancini, Italy have regained their charisma and confidence. Not only are they effective, they are extremely hard to beat. The Azzurri are currently on a 33 match unbeaten run surpassing the record of Marcelo Lippi’s World Cup winning side. The last time the Italy lost was to Portugal in 2018. If they avoid defeat on Sunday, they will move closer to Spain and Brazil’s record of 35 matches unbeaten.
Italy’s only European Championship win was 53 years ago when they hosted in 1968. The Azzurri lost the 2012 final and will be desperate to add this trophy to their collection.
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HEAD TO HEAD
England have a very inferior head to head record against Italy. In 27 matches against the Italians, England have only won 8 times while losing 11 times. In fact, England have only beaten Italy once in 18 years and that was a 2-1 friendly win. You’d have to go back to 1997 to find another England win over Italy. Safe to say Italy will be pretty confident going into this final based on records.
England however have the home factor for them as they will be playing in front of a packed Wembley crowd.