England Vs Italy Euros Final: Key Players Italy must be wary of, Predicted LineUp, Final Prediction
For the first time in over 50years, the Three Lions would be fancying their chance to win yet another major tournament when they face Italy tonight in the Euros 2020 final at the Wembley stadium.
Since after their famous extra-time victory over West Germany in 1966, the English national team have also got to two World Cups semifinals (1990 and 2018) and one Euros (1996) semifinal but lost twice to West Germany and once to Germany respectively earlier before reaching yet another major feat in a tournament in Euros 2020.
“It has been said to be coming home” for a couple of years now but never happened. Will it eventually materialize today against a formidable Italian team that have been firing at all cylinders in this tournament and have never lost a single match in their last 33 games since September 2018? Well, it’s just a matter of time to witness the result of this tie.
Here, we focus on the unique skills of the key players in the English Team that could prove the difference tonight for their side:
The Manchester City forward has been crucial to the English team success so far in this tournament. Sterling has put in 3goals and it was even his effort that gave England their deciding penalty in the semifinals against Denmark. Sterling’s strength is in his pace and he has been productive with it when attacking opponents with his fellow teammates in this competition.
The England captain is very efficient with his link-up play with his teammates and his ability to get the ball too can’t be overemphasized too. But these two only doesn’t only prove how Kane can be instrumental to England’s success tonight – the Tottenham striker can also be very devastating in the opposition box coupled with the fact that he’s also strong and very good at finishing half chances too.
* Declan Rice and Kevin Philips partnership in the Midfield
In the middle, England got two very physical midfielders that are capable of offering the team the needed balance they need going into the tie against Italy.
Southgate is expected to go into this match with the exact team selection that he used in the previous round against Denmark. And if he makes no changes with the lineup, it would be the first time he’s never doing that in this tournament.
England XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice, Mount; Saka, Kane, Sterling.
Either of both teams can emerge as the winner and no-one would act surprised as both countries deserve to be crowned champions for their scintillating performances so far in this competition. A narrow win for either sides should be the final output of the match but the pendulum swings more towards the Azzurri’s side.