Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
We will see whether football is coming home or to Rome on Sunday evening when Italy and England face each other in the EURO 2020 final at Wembley Stadium. The Three Lions are eyeing their first major trophy since 1966 when they won the World Cup title, but they will have a mountain to climb in the decider. It has to be noted, though, that Gareth Southgate should have a full squad to choose from for the Wembley showdown.
Roberto Mancini’s troops, on the other hand, booked their place in the final by beating Spain on penalties. Leonardo Spinazzola remains on the sidelines with injury, but he should be the only absentee in the Italian team. Anyhow, home win should be considered as England faced an easy fixture list in the group stages, while taking on Germany, Ukraine, and Denmark in the playoffs. In their last meeting at the showpiece tournament (2014 World Cup) Italy defeated England 2-1, and we predict that history is going to repeat itself as the Azzurri have been producing excellent displays at the EURO 2020 finals.
Highlighted Player (Raheem Sterling):
Raheem Sterling is an English professional footballer plays for Manchester City in the Premier League. The winger who is known for his lightning pace and dribbling ability started his youth career as a five-year-old playing for Alpha and Omega. In 2003, he joined QPR's youth academy and spent seven years with them before signing for Liverpool in 2010.
At Liverpool, Sterling made his professional debut, coming on as a substitute in a league match against Wigan Athletic on the 24th of March, 2012. He went on to make over 120 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, scoring 23 goals and providing 25 assists in the process. In August 2015, Sterling joined Manchester City on a transfer worth 49 million pounds, which made the most expensive English footballer at the time.
Since signing for the Citizens, Sterling has enjoyed a trophy-laden career winning every English domestic trophy available and has molded himself into one of the best players in the league. Sterling, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, holds both the English and Jamaican citizenship but chose to represent England at the International stage. The 24-year-old has capped at every youth level and won his first cap for the senior team on the 14th of November, 2012. He has since featured 53 times for the Three Lions.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.
After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.
There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.