The respective starting line-ups set to be deployed by England and Italy this evening have been confirmed online.
The big one
An action-packed summer of European football is of course set to come to a head in a little less than an hour’s time.
On the back of a 4-week stretch packed with goals, drama, upsets and more, Italy and England will go head to head at Wembley, for the title of the continent’s finest international outfit.
Both nations have thoroughly impressed to this point in the tournament, with the former the only side to have maintained a 100% record.
This comes amid a near-record-breaking stretch of 33 successive outings without defeat for Roberto Mancini’s men.
England, though, will no doubt fancy their chances of bringing an end to the Azzurri’s historic stretch of form, having too enjoyed a Euros to remember to date.
The sole blotch on the Three Lions’ otherwise flawless tournament CV comes in the form of a group stage stalemate with Scotland, with the defensive clinic put on by Southgate’s backline (Jordan Pickford has conceded just a solitary goal) having proven a particular highlight.
Trippier in/Saka out
In turn, it has come as little surprise to see the England boss opt for just a solitary change to his tried-and-trusted line-up this evening.
This comes in the form of Kieran Trippier’s introduction in place of Bukayo Saka, shifting the Three Lions from a back-4 to a five, with two wing-backs:
— England (@England) July 11, 2021
The trio of Ben Chilwell, Ben White and the sidelined Phil Foden, though, miss out on a place in the hosts’ matchday squad:
Foden, Chilwell and White miss out on England’s squad for the final.
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) July 11, 2021
Roberto Mancini has too opted for a recognisable Italy XI, with stalwart defensive pairing Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci joined by the likes of Nicolo Barella, Emerson and Federico Chiesa:
— Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@azzurri) July 11, 2021