Footage of England and Italy’s key central defenders greeting one another at Wembley this evening has gone viral across social media.
Four long weeks of thrilling Euro 2020 action is of course set to come to a head in just minutes’ time.
After navigating their respective journeys through the tournament in impressive fashion, England and Italy will face off at Wembley, for the title of European football’s best international outfit.
The buildup to the clash is now well underway, with the starting line-ups set to be fielded by the Three Lions and Azzurri alike having been unveiled a short time ago:
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And, as outlined above, ahead of what is no doubt set to prove a riveting 90 minutes of action in London, two of those set to play key roles in the eventual outcome have this evening taken centre stage on social media.
The pair in question? Giorgio Chiellini and Harry Maguire.
Upon the arrival of Roberto Mancini’s squad at Wembley, veteran stopper Chiellini quickly spotted his Three Lions counterpart backstage.
And the Juventus man, in turn, made a beeline for Maguire, greeting the Manchester United stalwart with the nickname ‘big man’, before the pair embraced in altogether respectful fashion.
There was even time for Chiellini to break out into something of a dance on his way to the Italy changing room, with the Azzurri’s leader in chief evidently in good spirits ahead of the fast-approaching kick-off:
Giorgio Chiellini calls Harry Maguire ‘big man’ after arriving at Wembley Stadium…
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