Euro 2020 final: England focus turns to Italy

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Date: Sunday, 11 July. Kick-off: 20:00 BST. Venue: Wembley Stadium. Coverage: Live connected BBC One with build-up starting astatine 19:00. Listen to unrecorded commentary connected BBC Radio 5 Live. Live substance commentary, extremity clips, study and highlights connected the BBC Sport website.

England's footballers are preparing to look Italy successful the last of Euro 2020 connected Sunday, knowing triumph volition gain them a archetypal large tourney triumph for 55 years.

On a nighttime of nerve-shredding tension, and past unconfined joy, Gareth Southgate's broadside beat Denmark 2-1 successful beforehand of much than 50,000 ecstatic England fans astatine Wembley connected Wednesday, to scope their archetypal ever European Championship final.

Captain Harry Kane deed the victor successful other clip to publication a spot against the Azzurri astatine Wembley (20:00 BST kick-off).

If England win, it volition beryllium their archetypal large tourney triumph since winning the World Cup successful 1966.

The last whistle was greeted by scenes of jubilation and solemnisation successful towns and cities crossed England.

"I'm conscionable truthful pleased for our country," said brag Southgate, who punched the aerial astatine the last whistle.

"We cognize what our state similar others has been done and to proceed that happiness and travel for anther 4 days, we're truthful happy."

England's ecstatic players celebrated connected the transportation successful beforehand of their fans astatine full-time by singing 'Sweet Caroline' which fans person been chanting passim the tournament.

"It was mayhem connected the transportation astatine full-time," added Southgate. "As soon arsenic Sweet Caroline was playing that was it."

Former England striker Gary Lineker told BBC One: "It's yet happened. I was doubting I'd ever spot it again successful my beingness astatine 1 point."

There was a astonishment waiting for midfielder Declan Rice aft the match. The West Ham prima learned of the commencement of his caller niece, who arrived successful the satellite astatine the nonstop infinitesimal Kane scored the winning goal.

Speaking to BBC Sport, a delighted Rice said: "My member has virtually had a babe arsenic the 2nd extremity went in. He's crying his eyes out, he's had a small girl. It's a peculiar nighttime each round!"

What is happening with tickets?

There volition beryllium astatine slightest 60,000 fans astatine Wembley for Sunday's showcase final, though determination are reports a afloat assemblage of 90,000external-link could ticker the match.

Tickets for the semi-final against Denmark were selling connected societal media for thousands of poundsexternal-link connected the eve of the game.

According to Uefa's website, tickets disposable to the wide nationalist for the last have sold out.external-link

Londoners are being offered the accidental to spot the last if they book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment. One brace of seats and 50 pairs for the instrumentality portion successful Trafalgar Square person been enactment up by the capital's mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Covid-19 question restrictions mean Italy's supporters are incapable to alert to England for the game.

However, UK-based Italian supporters who are afloat vaccinated oregon tin amusement impervious of a antagonistic lateral travel trial from the erstwhile 48 hours are allowed astatine Wembley.

How to ticker the final

The last volition beryllium shown unrecorded connected some the BBC and ITV.

Pubs person been fixed support to enactment unfastened an other 45 minutes until 23:15 BST connected Sunday, successful lawsuit the last astatine Wembley goes to other clip and penalties.

A authorities spokesman said: "The full nation's been gripped by the Euros and this volition let radical to bask the lucifer successful pubs if they privation to bash so."

What happened against Denmark?

England battled backmost from a extremity down to bushed Denmark aft other clip aft Mikkel Damsgaard had enactment the Danes up with a sumptuous free-kick - the archetypal extremity Gareth Southgate's broadside had conceded astatine Euro 2020.

Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel denied Raheem Sterling from adjacent scope earlier England equalised erstwhile skipper Simon Kjaer enactment past his ain keeper trying to halt Raheem Sterling from connecting with Bukayo Saka's debased cross.

On a nighttime of immense excitement and tension, Schmeichel past produced a full-length dive to support retired Harry Maguire's header earlier Kane's victor from the rebound aft Schmeichel had saved his penalty.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his woman  Carrie were astatine  Wembley to spot    England scope   the last  of Euro 2020Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his woman Carrie were astatine Wembley to spot England scope the last of Euro 2020
The Duke of Cambridge chats to erstwhile  England subordinate    David Beckham astatine  WembleyThe Duke of Cambridge chatted to erstwhile England subordinate David Beckham astatine Wembley

Among the assemblage were David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, who famously sang the unofficial England anthem Three Lions, with its acquainted refrain "Football's Coming Home".

There were jubilant scenes elsewhere arsenic fans kitted retired successful England shot strips and costumes gathered successful designated instrumentality zones, pubs and bars connected a historical nighttime for the nationalist team.

How bully are Italy?

Italy failed to suffice for the 2018 World Cup but they person been connected the emergence since erstwhile Manchester City brag Roberto Mancini took complaint successful 2018.

They caput into Sunday's last unbeaten successful 33 matches and person been gathering momentum passim Euro 2020 since their opening triumph against Turkey.

After overcoming Belgium, ranked fig 1 successful the world, and then, successful the semi-finals, three-time European champions Spain, they volition fearfulness no-one.

Their squad includes seasoned defenders Giorgio Chiellini, 36, and Leonardo Bonucci, 34, who person some impressed during the tournament.

Sunday volition beryllium the Azzurri's 10th large tourney final, and their 4th European Championship final.

Past meetings

Sunday's lucifer volition beryllium the archetypal clip Italy and England person met since a 1-1 gully successful a Wembley affable successful March 2018, Jamie Vardy putting the Three Lions up earlier an 87th infinitesimal equaliser from the punishment spot by Lorenzo Insigne.

The past clip the 2 countries met astatine a large tournament, Italy won 2-1 astatine the 2014 World Cup successful Brazil arsenic the Three Lions finished bottommost of their group.

Italy besides knocked England retired astatine the quarter-final signifier of Euro 2012 connected penalties successful Kyiv.

The Three Lions person not beaten the Azzurri successful the past 3 meetings.

Their past triumph came successful a affable successful August 2012, Jermain Defoe scoring the victor successful a 2-1 victory.

'This is England's time'

Jonathan called BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 and said it was a "surreal feeling" to spot England successful a large final.

"I retrieve my archetypal World Cup successful 1990 - I was 9 and crying successful the semi-final erstwhile we mislaid to Germany," helium added.

"This is England's time. We get to spell again connected Sunday and repay the Italians, they've caused america a batch of symptom implicit the years."

Nelly called from Australia to accidental helium had tears successful his eyes.

"My woman is Danish - she precise rapidly went backmost to bed. We astir apt won't talk for 24 hours but who cares? I americium so, truthful arrogant to beryllium English. I'll beryllium dancing successful the streets successful Sydney."

Fans observe  successful  London aft  England scope   the Euro 2020 finalFans celebrated successful London aft England reached the Euro 2020 final
Fans successful  Manchester observe  Harry Kane's victor  against DenmarkFans successful Manchester enjoyed Harry Kane's victor against Denmark
England instrumentality   celebrates successful  LondonAnd England supporters astatine a instrumentality lawsuit successful London were arsenic happy
Three Lions costumesFans dressed up arsenic lions to cheer England connected astatine Wembley
England fans successful  WembleyEngland fans from crossed the state had flags connected amusement astatine Wembley

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