It has been 55 years since England last won a major international trophy. The same amount of time has gone since they played a major international final. So when the Three Lions take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, they have at least ended one of the nation’s wait. Can they end the other wait, the bigger wait?
When England drew their game against Scotland, another English heartbreak was everyone’s prediction. But since that draw, we have seen a hungry English side that went on to create history and at the cusp of creating yet another historical moment for their country.
After winning two of the three matches in the group stage (both 1-0 victories over Croatia and Czech Republic), England faced Germany in the round of 16. Obviously England were the underdogs. But these underdogs bit very hard and ended up defeating 2014 World Champions Germany 2-0.
In the quarter-final and semi final, Gareth Southgate’s men landed on the easier side of the draw. They thrashed Ukraine 4-0 and edged past a brave Denmark 2-1 in extra time.
The Three Lions have the best defensive record in the tournament with only 1 goal conceded till now in the tournament a free kick from Denmark’s Mikkel Damsgaard in the semifinal. No ball has gone into the English goal from open play.
England are playing under the same man who missed a penalty during the shootout against Germany in Euro 96. It was the same venue. It was also the same venue where the nation last lifted a major trophy, the 1966 World Cup. Its a clear road to Southgate’s redemption.
England have never defeated Italy in a major tournament and have never won the Euros. They have one chance to change them both. So is it finally coming home?