England v Italy: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Three Lions’ Final at Wembley

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On Sunday night, the European Championships finally come to a conclusion with the final: England v Italy will be the fixture in which two of Europe’s big hitters will go head to head for the trophy when they meet at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021.

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Match Preview – England v Italy, July 2021

The Three Lions reached their first final of an international tournament since 1966 with a workmanlike performance against Denmark on Thursday (July 7).

It was not an easy task for Gareth Southgate’s side, however, as the Three Lions conceded their first goal in the tournament to Mikkel Damsgaard’s freekick on 30 minutes.

Nine minutes later England drew level when Bukayo Saka’s dangerous cross as Danish captain Simon Kjaer put the ball into his own net.

Kasper Schmeichel pulled off a series of great saves to deny Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire and Harry Kane from finding the net as extra time loomed near.

Wembley erupted into thunderous noise when VAR confirmed that Sterling had been fouled by Joakim Maehle in the penalty area. Kane’s tame spot-kick was stopped by Schmeichel, but the rebound fell to the Tottenham Hotspur forward who made no mistake with his second attempt to send the nation into jubilant celebration.

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From then the Three Lions showed composure and confidence as they ran down the clock to a chorus of ‘Oles’ from the 64,000 fans in attendance before their spot in the final was confirmed.

England will now face Italy in the final after Gli Azzuri were taken to a penalty shoot-out by Spain.

Federico Chiesa’s excellent curled finish put Italy in front, but they were pegged back as Alvaro Morato slotted an equaliser with ten minutes to go.

The substitute was unable to claim hero status when his penalty was saved, and Jorginho stepped up to roll home the winning penalty to send Italy through to Sunday’s final.

Location and Kick-Off Time

The final of the European Championships is England v Italy on Sunday, July 11 2021.

The clash at Wembley Stadium, London, will kick off at 8pm (BST).

Team News

Bukayo Saka returned to the England starting eleven for the semi-final victory over Denmark.

He replaced Jadon Sancho – who started the quarter-final clash with Ukraine – after recovering from a small knock.

Further team news will be added nearer to kick-off.

How to Watch England v Italy

England v Italy in the European Championships final on July 11, 2021, will be broadcast on both ITV and BBC.

Coverage from Gary Lineker and his team of pundits on BBC One begins at 7pm, whilst ITV’s production also begins an hour before kick-off.

Alternatively, radio commentary can be found on BBC Five Live and talkSPORT.

Betting Odds

Despite having home advantage to their benefit, England are not the bookies’ favourite to win the European Championships final.

SkyBet are offering punters odds of 1/1 to back Italy to win inside 90 minutes, England are available at 8/11.

They expect the match to go beyond 90 minutes, however, with England deemed the more likely victor if it goes to extra time. The Three Lions can be backed to win in extra time at 10/1, Italy are placed at 11/1.

Please note betting odds may change over time.

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