The Euro 2020 final is here. Two teams that have not been traditionally very successful in the tournament square off against each other at the historic Wembley Stadium in London. While hosts England have never won the tournament in its history, Italy are waiting to end a 53-year wait to reclaim the trophy, having last won the tournament in 1968.
On one hand, Italy under Roberto Mancini are on a roll, their winning streak now at 33, since 2018. England too have looked rampant, both offensively and defensively throughout the tournament. While their forwards have contributed well, only once has their defence broken down. The only goal they have conceded was against Denmark in the semi final.
History is up for grabs in the final as Gareth Southgate looks for redemption, from a Euro 96 villain to a Euro 2020 hero. England will be looking to win their first major trophy since winning the 1966 World Cup. Italy are chasing their own redemption after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Italy will look towards Marco Verratti and Fredrico Chiesa for the goals and the defensive duo of Georgio Chellini and Leonardo Bonucci to stop the English forwards Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. Harry Maguire and John stones will share the defensive duties for the Three Lions.
Here is a look at how both teams have lined up for the big day:
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (captain), Emerson Palmieri; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne
Coach: Roberto Mancini (Italy)
Jordan Pickford; Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Mason Mount; Harry Kane (captain), Raheem Sterling
Coach: Gareth Southgate (England)
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)