England to face Italy
Progression past Denmark in extra time last night will be rewarded with a final showdown against Italy.
The Italians needed extra time and penalties to get past Spain in their semi-final doubts after goals from Federico Chiesa and Alvaro Morata.
Roberto Mancini has got his side playing some incredible football and certainly improved the squad since failing to qualify for the last 2 major international tournaments.
Meanwhile, England have one of the strongest squads they have had since their 1966 World Cup win.
The depth in the side runs deep and Gareth Southgate has had a plethora of different options to choose from throughout the competition.
When matching up both sides however there is much debate as to who are the superior players in the varying positions on the pitch.
England vs Italy XI
A number of positions on the pitch seem to be pretty nailed on such as in goal with Italian stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma and upfront with Harry Kane the clear favourites over Jordan Pickford and Ciro Immobile respectively.
Due to the Italians losing both their starting fullbacks to injury, Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw are also certain inclusions over Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Emerson.
From there though, debate begins to be had, especially in midfield.
Italy’s midfield three of Nicolò Barella, Jorginho and Marco Verratti have been the driving force of their tournament. Meanwhile, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips have proved pivotal in the deep roles for England.
The Italian 4-3-3 against the English 4-2-3-1 makes it difficult to agree on a formation. However, considering Italy’s strongest area has been their midfield whilst England’s looks to be their width, the 4-3-3 is likely the fairest conclusion.
What have the 101 writers said?
What are people saying online?
Donnaruma, Walker, Stones, Chillini, Shaw, Veratti, Jorginho, Sterling, Insigne, Chiesa, Kane.
— The North Bank Goon (@NorthGoon) July 8, 2021
Spinazzola – Maguire – Chiellini – Shaw
— Jonathan Okto Kurnia (@jonathan_okto) July 8, 2021
Donnaruma, Walker, Chellieni, Luke Shaw, Veratti, Barella, Chiesa, Grealish, Sterling, Kane.
Saka is a close second to Chiesa
— Usman (@ua3one) July 8, 2021
— Sykesy (@wasykes) July 8, 2021
This article was edited by Ben Browning.