The UEFA Euro 2020 tournament will finally conclude this Sunday as England face Italy at Wembley.
After an eventful month across Europe, the two teams that have arguably been in the best form reach the last stage of the championship.
While Roberto Mancini’s side have adopted a more attacking style of play, England have expanded on their possession-based approach since Gareth Southgate was appointed.
From the debut game, Italy have been the strongest side in the tournament and England have only conceded one goal so far.
After a disappointing run by France and Portugal, this fixture makes the most sense and will equate to an intense final.
The Three Lions make it to the last stage for the first time in history while the Azzurri make a return after losing the Spain at Euro 2012.
Italy may have a stronger starting XI, but England possess squad depth with plenty of young players to take advantage on the wings.
After losing Leonardo Spinazzola in the quarter-finals, the Italians may find it difficult to counter the pressure on the right wing, with players like Bukayo Saka impressing in the last few games with his pace.
Raheem Sterling has arguably been England’s best player in the tournament, scoring and providing assists to Harry Kane.
One thing the host need to keep tabs on are minute defensive errors which can cost them the game.
Though Everton’s Jordan Pickford has had a solid tournament between the sticks, defensive errors against Denmakr raised a few questions about the keeper’s ability to handle pressure.
Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne are the two players that England’s defence need to worry about. If they keep calm and composed, the Lions will be able to take advantage from a good counter attack.
Italy have the best centre-half pairing and goalkeeper in the entire tournament. It’s safe to say that this will be a close final that may go to extra time and even penalties.
One thing that might affect the game is theatrics from both teams. England and Italy are notorious for diving and this may result in a few controversial decisions by the referees.
Though the Azzurri have a better chance of winning the European Championship, England may just have the home advantage and bring football home.
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