Fans can inspire us against Italy, says Southgate

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Euro 2020: We privation to bring the trophy location to everybody - Gareth Southgate
Date: Sunday, 11 July. Kick-off: 20:00 BST. Venue: Wembley Stadium. Coverage: Live connected BBC One and iPlayer from 18:20. Listen to unrecorded commentary connected BBC Radio 5 Live. Live substance commentary, extremity clips, study and highlights connected the BBC Sport website and app.

England brag Gareth Southgate has urged fans to roar his broadside to triumph erstwhile they look Italy successful Sunday's Euro 2020 final.

Southgate's squad volition go the archetypal Three Lions outfit to assistance a European Championship if they triumph astatine Wembley.

"When we started, 3 oregon 4 years agone we had radical throwing insubstantial aeroplanes, they weren't down the squad and determination was an apathy," helium said.

"Now the vigor successful the stadium is fantastic. That is truthful important."

England person not won a large men's tourney since their World Cup triumph successful 1966.

Southgate was asked astir the relation fans tin play successful the showcase final, which volition beryllium watched by 60,000 astatine the nationalist stadium - and millions much successful homes and successful pubs.

"The players request to consciousness that warmth and support. It has decidedly helped animate us," helium added.

"Over the past 4 years the players person knocked down truthful galore barriers, they've travel done truthful galore antithetic challenges."

Southgate besides urged supporters to amusement respect for the Italian nationalist anthem earlier the final, which is unrecorded connected BBC One.

A conception of fans booed the German nationalist anthem earlier England's 2-0 triumph successful the past 16.

"It's important that our fans ever respect the opposition," added Southgate.

"We cognize that successful existent fact, erstwhile we play overseas and fans boo our anthem, it astir apt inspires america adjacent more. We should beryllium respectful."

Team quality - Foden 'definitely doubtful'

One absentee from England's grooming transportation connected Saturday was midfielder Phil Foden, who suffered a insignificant sound successful grooming connected Friday.

The Manchester City subordinate started their archetypal 2 radical games and came connected arsenic a substitute successful the semi-final.

"He's decidedly doubtful though it's not thing serious. It's conscionable whether it volition support him retired of this peculiar game," said Southgate.

Italy are without left-back Leonardo Spinazzola, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon successful the quarter-final. Boss Roberto Mancini indispensable determine whether to play Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri, who started successful the last-four triumph implicit Spain, oregon marque different alteration to a defence which was antecedently settled.

The Azzurri transformed nether Mancini

Former Manchester City brag Mancini has transformed Italy since taking complaint pursuing the disappointment of their nonaccomplishment to scope the 2018 World Cup.

The Azzurri went into Euro 2020 with the champion signifier of immoderate federation and they person extended their nationalist grounds further with the semi-final triumph implicit Spain a 33rd lucifer unbeaten - a tally stretching backmost to September 2018.

"This is perchance 1 of the highlights of my career," said Mancini.

"I had the accidental to play for the Under-21 side, the elder side, yet we weren't capable to triumph the under-21 Euros oregon the 1990 World Cup.

"It's a precise important infinitesimal for maine due to the fact that I correspond Italy truthful I truly anticipation I tin bask the acquisition that I didn't bask during my playing career."

Four-time satellite champions Italy are seeking a 2nd European rubric - and archetypal since 1968.

England to triumph connected penalties?

BBC Sport shot adept Mark Lawrenson

This is simply a fitting finale to an highly bully tournament, and it volition beryllium a precise adjacent game. Italy person been the champion squad astatine Euro 2020, but England are not acold down them.

I tin spot it turning it into a tactical conflict - and it is precise hard to telephone it.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1 - England to triumph connected penalties aft other time

'England are favourites'

Simon Gleave, caput of sports analysis, Gracenote

"Italy are ranked 3rd successful the satellite by Gracenote's satellite shot ranking and would beryllium favourites if this lucifer was being played connected neutral ground.

"However, information tells america that finals bash not person the aforesaid level of location vantage arsenic different matches successful the tourney truthful England's borderline volition beryllium lessened connected Sunday.

"Even so, England are inactive favourites connected Sunday evening with a 53.5% accidental of becoming European Champions for the archetypal time."



  • England person won conscionable 2 of their past 14 meetings with Italy successful each competitions, a 2-0 occurrence successful June 1997 and 2-1 successful August 2013 - some successful affable matches.
  • Italy person ne'er mislaid against England astatine a large tournament, winning 1-0 astatine Euro 1980, 2-1 astatine some the 1990 and 2014 World Cups, and drafting 0-0 earlier winning connected penalties astatine Euro 2012.


  • This is Italy's 10th large tourney last with lone Germany (14) having played successful much among European nations. Italy won the European Championship successful 1968, but person mislaid their consequent 2 last appearances successful the contention (2000 and 2012).
  • Italy's Roberto Mancini volition beryllium conscionable the 2nd manager to person won the English top-flight rubric and instrumentality complaint of a European federation successful a large tourney final. Sir Alf Ramsey won the aged First Division rubric with Ipswich successful 1962 and 1966 World Cup with England.
  • Italy person had 12 shots and scored 3 goals arsenic a effect of a precocious turnover (open-play sequences opening 40m oregon little from an opponent's goalline) astatine Euro 2020, much than immoderate different side.


  • England are the 13th antithetic federation to diagnostic successful a European Championship final. Just 3 of the erstwhile 12 mislaid their first-ever last successful the competition.
  • England person won 15 of their past 17 matches astatine Wembley successful each competitions (D1 L1), scoring 46 goals and conceding conscionable 5 successful this run.
  • England's 2-1 triumph implicit Denmark successful the semi-final was their eighth triumph successful a large tourney lucifer nether Gareth Southgate, moving him level with Ramsey for joint-most victories by an England manager crossed the 2 competitions.
  • Harry Kane has been straight progressive successful 28 goals successful his past 27 appearances for England successful each competitions (19 goals, 9 assists). One much extremity volition spot him go England's outright highest goalscorer astatine large tournaments with 10, a grounds presently held by Gary Lineker.
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