The English team will look for its first European Championship in the same place where it lifted the only title it has achieved to date: the 1966 World Cup. It will again act as host, as it happened in the World Cup event.
England came first in Group A in the eighth World Cup in history thanks to the draw (0-0) against Uruguay and the subsequent triumphs (2-0) against Mexico and France. In the semifinals, the victory (2-1) against Portugal with suspense allowed access to the game for the title.
Alf Ramsey decided to line up Gordon Banks in goal, with the left back for Ray Wilson, the right for George Cohen and the central pair of Jack Charlton and Bobby Moore. In the center of the field, Nobby Stiles was the pivot and Martin Peters and Alan Ball, the interiors. Sir Bobby Charlton acted as hitch, behind Sir Geoff Hurst and Roger Hunt.
The contest began with a goal from Helmut Haller for West Germany at 12 minutes of play, matched with a response shortly after Sir Geoff Hurst, at 18. There would be no variation on the scoreboard until the goal by Martin Peters, who advanced to the hosts. When the cup seemed to stay home, Wolfgang Weber forced extra time.
In extra time, a double by Sir Geoff Hurst, who was the hero of that final with a hat-trick, allowed the English to celebrate in an emblematic fiefdom as Wembley their only title to date on July 30, 1966. Virtually 45 years later, you can repeat history.