In a few hours we will meet the champion of the continental tournament once the last match of the competition is over, where Italy and England will face each other at Wembley in the fight for the title.
Roberto Mancini’s pupils will seek to conquer the European Championship for the second time in their history, being the last in which they served as hosts in Italy 1968. Of course, none of the footballers who will attempt it had been born, but the coach also had three years when the Facchetti, Zoff, Rivera, Mazzola and company got it.
Gareth Southgate’s men are making the best Eurocup in the history of the Three lions, a tournament in which they had previously reached the semifinals twice, in Italy 1968 and England 1996. They will play the first final in their history and will try to achieve the second most important milestone in English football at the national team level, after the 1966 World Cup in England. Banks, Moore, Charlton and company.
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The azurra squadra He has had Gianluigi Donnarumma as his goal in an undeniable way, in the same way that he has opted for the old guard of Turin as a central pair with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. On the left side, Leonardo Spinazzola has been one of the revelations of the tournament but he was injured in the quarterfinals and will be out for several months. On the right, Giovanni Di Lorenzo has had the leading role.
In the core, Jorge Luiz “Jorginho” has been counted on all the meetings in the engine room, accompanied by Nicolò Barella and Marco Verratti in most of the meetings. Initially, Manuel Locatelli had more presence, who later entered from the bench to make room for the Paris Saint Germain midfielder. In attack, Lorenzo Insigne on the left and Ciro Immobile on the center were the protagonists, with a right side that began as Domenico Berardi but which Federico Chiesa has taken over.
Jordan Pickford has been unshakable under the sticks. In the back line, John Stones also and, although Harry Maguire started the tournament recovering from an injury and we saw Tyrone Mings in his place, he has also settled in the eleven. KIeran Trippier started on the left, but in the second stake there was already change and it was Luke Shaw who was empowered from that side. On the right, Kyle Walker has been the most common from the beginning.
The double pivot of Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice has been inherent in Southgate’s proposal, regardless of the scheme. Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Harry Kane have been the attackers with the most minutes and, on the right wing, Phil Foden started as a starter but little by little he was displaced by Bukayo Saka. It would not be surprising if the English opted for an eleven with three centrals, as happened in the second round against Germany.
Gianluigi Donnarumma – Emerson Palmieri, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Giovanni Di Lorenzo – Jorge Luiz “Jorginho”, Nicolò Barella, Marco Verratti – Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa
Jordan Pickford – John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker – Luke Shaw, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka – Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Phil Foden