RESULT England 1 - 1 Italy (2-3 PENALTY): Highlights, Goals - Euro 2020 Final
|Jack Grealish, and Kyle Walker of England watch the ball from an Italian free-kick. Photograph: Marc Aspland/EURO 2020 Newpapers Pool|
Congratulations to Italy, commiserations to England. England’s wait goes on; no trophy for their remarkable young squad, but they remain heroes all.
England LOSE Euro 2020 Final on penalties: Italy extend the Three Lions' 55 years of hurt with Rashford, Sancho and Saka missing from 12 yards like manager Gareth Southgate in 1996, breaking fans' hearts.
Despite the heroic efforts of Jordan Pickford, England missed three consecutive penalties crowning Italy champions in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley.
Nineteen-year-old Saka was consoled by Gareth Southgate, as penalties came back to haunt the manager again after his missed penalty at Euro 1996.
ENGLAND 1-1 ITALY AFTER 120 MIN
Penalties here we come!
After a tense, goalless extra time period we go to the dreaded penalty shootout.
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90 min ENGLAND 1-1 ITALY
There will be six added minutes. The stuff of instant legend, coming right up?
Nerves are shredded at Wembley!
68. Italy really have a hold of this game now and England a struggling to get on the ball.
|Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates and the Italian fans. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Reuters|
67 Min ENGLAND 1-1 ITALY
BONUCCI TAPS THE EQUALISER HOME!!!
England make a mess from the corner and Pickford pulls off a good save at the back post.
But the ball falls to the experienced Bonucci and the defender taps home the equaliser!
|Leonardo Bonucci celebrates his goal. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian|
The corner’s flicked on at the near post. Verratti, on the left-hand corner of the six-yard box, tries to force home. Pickford turns onto the post. The ball pings back to Bonucci, who forces home from close range. This has been coming.
HALF TIME: Italy 0-1 England
Wembley erupts again as the referee blows for half-time. England haven’t done a great deal in attack since Luke Shaw’s dramatic early goal, truth be told, but then they don’t really need to, and they’ve looked comfortable at the back. A few things for Roberto Mancini to work out. England are 45 minutes from glory!
ENGLAND 1-0 ITALY
45. The fourth official holds his board up and there will be four minutes added on at the end of the first half.
Shaw goes toe-to-toe with Di Lorenzo out wide on the left-hand side.
And the England man comes out on top with the ball.
Shaw tries to deliver a low cross towards the penalty spot, but Italy manage to clear.
Kane beats Chiellini to a header and suddenly Mount and Sterling are combining at speed down the inside-right channel. A crisp one-two on the edge of the box nearly opens Italy up, but Bonucci reads the danger well and intercepts.
Verratti shows his silky footwork to work the ball out wide to Insigne on the left-hand side.
The Napoli man then lays the ball down the line for Emerson on the overlap.
But the Chelsea left-back fails to deliver a good ball into the box.
And England have a goal-kick.
30 min: Italy string more passes together. It’s all good in the centre of the park, not so impressive whenever they try to advance into England’s final third. They’re not committing many men to their attacks. Not yet.
18 min: ENGLAND 1-0 ITALY
Italy have seen 51 per cent of the ball up to this point, but they haven't troubled England's backline.
Three Lions score inside three minutes!
SHAW THUMPS ENGLAND INTO THE LEAD!!!
|The ball’s heading goalwards ... Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters|
Kane drives England forward before playing the ball wide to Trippier on the right-hand side.
The right-back touches the ball out of his feet before whipping an inch perfect cross towards the far post.
Shaw arrives and thumps the ball past Donnarumma!
|Shaw celebrates after his ball hits the back of the net. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian|
Quick Facts England Team
*Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George, Boris Johnson and Carrie joined fans in singing God Save the Queen ahead of kick-off
*60,000 fans, including FA President Prince William, will pack into the national stadium for kick-off at 8pm
*Excitement is at fever pitch as minutes count down to England's greatest footballing occasion in 55 years
*35 million will tune in, while more than £3 billion will be lavished on bets, drinks and food for the match
*Southgate thanked fans for their 'incredible support' and pledged to do 'everything we can' to win;
*England manager will receive a knighthood if England win but will be awarded a CBE regardless of the result;
*David Baddiel and Frank Skinner are banned by UEFA from performing Three Lions at the start of the match;
*Southgate reveals he 'couldn't stand' the It's Coming Home refrain for 15 years after his penalty miss in 1996 ;
*The England manager urged fans not to boo the Italian national anthem, saying it could inspire them;
*Harry Kane revealed Tom Cruise FaceTimed the England team on Friday night to wish the players luck;
*UEFA fined England £26,000 after fan shone laser in eye of Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in semi;
*Euros delivered £3.4billion spending spree on partying, drinking, souvenir merchandise and supersize TVs;
*NHS is braced for surge in heart attacks as the stress of watching football takes its toll on the nation's health;
*Ministers have been told to stop using the phrase 'It's coming home' because it annoys other countries.
England Team vs Italy Team -Lineups
Southgate has made one change for the starting match vs Italy.
Saka is the only player from the semi-final starting XI to miss out, with Kieran Trippier the man to come in.
And there is bad news for Phil Foden. The Manchester City man picked up a knock in training and has failed to make the bench.
The line-up sees Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones across the back, with Trippier on the right of defence and Luke Shaw at left-back.
Jordan Pickford remains in goal.
England's own midfield gladiators Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips play in midfield.
In attack, Harry Kane leads the line.
And supporting him are Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount.
The shape of the XI is designed to counteract Italy's tactic of getting their full-backs down the wing.
|England Team Line-up|
England XI: Pickford, Shaw, Maguire, Stones, Trippier, Walker, Phillips, Rice, Mount, Sterling, Kane.
Italy Team Lineups
Donnarumma, Barella, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson, Di Lorenzo, Jorginho, Verratti, Chiesa, Insigne, Immobile.
Roberto Mancini names a very strong Italian side for the Euros final against England.
21 Donnarumma; 2 Di Lorenzo, 3 Chiellini (c), 19 Bonucci, 13 Emerson; 6 Verratti, 8 Jorginho, 18 Barella; 10 Insigne, 17 Immobile, 14 Chiesa.
|Italy Team Lineups|
England team ARRIVE at Wembley
The England team have arrived at Wembley after being cheered all the way from their hotel as the minutes tick down to kick-off in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
Led by captain Harry Kane, the players waved to fans outside the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire before embarking on the 20-mile drive to west London where tens of thousands have been partying since this morning.
Across the country, millions are cramming into sold-out pub gardens, Sweet Caroline is blaring from sound systems and gallons of beer are being poured into glasses as the nation dreams of victory.
An estimated 35 million people will be tuning in to watch the match, while more than £3 billion will be lavished on bets, drinks and food.
|Thousands of England fans gathered at Leicester Square in London todayCredit: Getty|
The Queen, Prince William and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have all showered the Three Lions in praise, while thousands of England supporters urge the side to 'bring it home' on Twitter - with some fans revealing they have been so excited that they did not sleep last night.
The Queen paid tribute to the 'spirit, commitment and pride' of the squad in a good luck message ahead of tonight's final, while her grandson the Duke of Cambridge said it is 'so exciting' to get to this point.
The Prime Minister told Southgate and the players they had 'already made history' by reaching the final, writing: 'You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too. We are not just hoping or praying.
'We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad.'
Solskjaer praising Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up ahead of the final, praising Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire for their performances at the tournament so far.
“Ah, it’s tremendous,” he said when asked about the United players being involved in England’s storming run.
"They’ve been so solid, the team, and I think Luke and Harry are definitely helping out in that respect. They don’t seem to concede chances and have been very robust.
“I’m very happy Harry is fit and playing while Luke just keeps on going. Over the last couple of seasons, he has just improved more and more.
“Marcus, of course, has had to be patient because there are other good players around. He’s just got to be ready. If, in the final, Marcus comes on, I’m sure he’ll be ready.”
ENGLAND fans packed the streets
England fans took over London on Wednesday after Gareth Southgate's side secured a spot in the final.
Rows and rows of supporters armed with smartphones and St. George flags lined the streets of Burton, Staffs, on a memorable day for the England team.
Fans were also present outside the team hotel when the squad arrived on their coach on Saturday.
ENGLAND fans packed the streets to cheer on the team coach as their heroes made their way to Wembley for tonight's final against Italy.
|England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley|
England PM Boris Johnson wrote to the manage
The Prime Minister wrote to the manager, calling on him to “bring it home”. “We are not just hoping or praying,” he wrote.
“We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad.”
“On behalf of the entire nation, good luck, have a great game - and bring it home!” Mr Johnson wrote.
|Jose Mourinho believes Gareth Southgate must be the first person off the team bus and on the pitch tonight. |
“Gareth Southgate has to be the first man off the team bus tonight to lead his troops,” he said.
“He has to be the first one on the pitch to make the players feel he’s happy to be there.
“Because, in spite of their experience, they will be looking at him for this final.
“When players have doubts, they look at you, as a manager, they analyse you.
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England vs Italy: Phil Foden Injury
England Team Coach Southgate has confirmed that Phil Foden is a doubt for the last game agaist Italy at Euro 2020. The Manchester City star has a minor foot injury and the England boss is awaiting checks from the medical team before discovering his availability.
"He's still a doubt for tomorrow's game, we're expecting a new report from the medical team that should come out later today", Southgate said.
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Mancini: The Three Lions as 'Great Team'
At, press conference, Roberto Mancini said it will be a case of technique vs physicality when the Azzurri take on England in tomorrow's finall. He was full of praise for the Three Lions however, labelling them a "great team".
Southgate Said at the press conference
"It's been fantastic to have a letter from the Queen and the recongition that the players and staff have gone about this in the right way.
"But it always comes back to tomorrow, we are in a final and we are here to win.
"We're pleased with our legacy, but now we want to win the trophy."
Italy legend predicts England will lot win
Dino Zoff, the legendary Italian goalkeeper, has looked to ramp up the pressure on England.
The Three Lions will enjoy the advantage of playing at Wembley on Sunday night.
However Zoff believes this could also count against them.
He said: "I believe in atmosphere up to a certain point. Yes, it helps to have 60,000 people supporting you. But it is not like they are playing.
"The English have a lot of pressure on them. Just think if they do not win…"
Harry Kane: A good night of good memories
Harry Kane has promised fans “a good night of good memories” as he aims for Euros glory in the final against Italy at 8pm. And last night the Queen and Prince William sent stirring messages urging Gareth Southgate’s Lions to “bring it home”.
Kane added: “We’re proud to be able to bring joy to people after what’s been a tough couple of years".
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