England vs Italy EURO Final: Lineups and Team News Predictions
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EURO2020.com's team reporters predict how their sides might line up in Sunday's UEFA EURO 2020 final between Italy and England, while we keep track of every starting XI in the tournament so far for both contenders.
|England and Italy will enter the final match on Sunday. Photo: UEFA|
England predicted lineups for Final
Predicted line-up: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane
Simon Hart, England reporter: Gareth Southgate has yet to select an unchanged team during this tournament but, since the final group fixture against the Czech Republic, he has simply made small tweaks – with a single change for each of the three knockout matches, most recently with Bukayo Saka coming back in for the semi-final in place of Jadon Sancho, and doing well with his buccaneering runs. Will we see the same XI on Sunday? The pattern would suggest not, but equally, don’t expect too much tinkering either, as reported by UEFA.
Italy predicted lineups for Final
Predicted line-up: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
Paolo Menicucci, Italy reporter: I don’t see big surprises in the Italy starting XI for the final. Emerson should continue to replace the injured Leonardo Spinazzola as left-back while Giovanni di Lorenzo has done enough to be confirmed as right-back ahead of the now-fit-again Alessandro Florenzi. There are no doubts regarding the veteran centre-backs and the midfield trio. Federico Chiesa has also booked his place in the starting XI with the goal against Spain. Same thing for Ciro Immobile? Some Italian media believe that Roberto Mancini could switch to Andrea Belotti or even Lorenzo Insigne as ‘false nine’ but I think the Lazio striker will have another chance to leave his mark when it counts the most.
|Emerson in training for Italy. Photo: Getty Images|
Team News predictions
As reported by Independent, Gareth Southgate again has the luxury of a clean slate in terms of health and suspensions as he prepares to select his side for the final. His main decision may come over a possible change of shape with Italy presenting his side with their stiffest test of the tournament so far by some margin.
Despite conceding a first goal of the tournament against the Danes, Jordan Pickford will start in goal and could do so in front of an unchanged defence with Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw so far excelling in the full-back positions outside of first-choice central defensive pairing John Stones and Harry Maguire. Should Southgate opt to return to the three-man defence that performed so well against Germany, Kieran Trippier could return on the right side with Walker sliding inside to centre-back.
Midfielders Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice have formed one of the best pairings at the tournament and will surely start again with fit-again Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson one of Southgate’s primary options from the bench, should he need them. Again, should Southgate want to go slightly more conservative, Mason Mount could drop back and form more of a traditional three in midfield instead of operating as a No 10 as he has in the last two games.
Southgate has a wealth of attacking options at the top end of the pitch with the in-form Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane two of the players of the tournament. Those two are must-starts with Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho competing for the final spot on the right-hand side. Saka started the semi-final and is the man in possession heading into Sunday’s showpiece.
Italy are of course without left-back Leonardo Spinazzola, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the quarter-final, and Roberto Mancini must decide whether to play Emerson Palmieri again - who started the semis - or make another alteration to a defence which was previously settled.
Jorginho, Nicolo Barella and Marco Verratti form an outstanding midfield trio, one so good group-stage star Manuel Locatelli is now forced to watch on from the bench. Federico Chiesa has won a place in the team after starting out amongst the substitutes and will surely start again here after his goal in the semi-final.
Ciro Immobile of Lazio will lead the line up top with Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, scorer of fine goals against Turkey and Belgium, operating from the left-hand side.
England’s earlier match lineups:
Semi-final: England 2-1 Denmark (7 July)
Starting line-up: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane
Quarter-final: Ukraine 0-4 England (3 July)
Starting line-up: Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Stones, Shaw; Rice, Phillips, Mount; Sancho, Kane, Sterling
Round of 16: England 2-0 Germany (29 June)
Starting line-up: Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Stones; Trippier, Phillips, Rice, Shaw; Saka, Kane, Sterling
Matchday 3: Czech Republic 0-1 England (22 June)
Starting line-up: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice; Saka, Grealish, Sterling; Kane
Matchday 2: England 0-0 Scotland (18 June)
Starting line-up: Pickford; James, Stones, Mings, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Foden, Mount, Sterling; Kane
Matchday 1: England 1-0 Croatia (13 June)
Starting line-up: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings, Trippier; Phillips, Rice; Sterling, Mount, Foden; Kane
Italy’s earlier match lineups:
Semi-final: Italy 1-1 Spain (aet, Italy win 4-2 on pens) (6 July)
Starting line-up: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
Quarter-final: Belgium 1-2 Italy (2 July)
Starting line-up: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
Round of 16: Italy 2-1 Austria (aet) (26 June)
Starting line-up: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Matchday 3: Italy 1-0 Wales (20 June)
Starting line-up: Donnarumma; Tolói, Bonucci, Bastoni, Emerson; Pessina, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Belotti, Bernardeschi
Matchday 2: Italy 3-0 Switzerland (16 June)
Starting line-up: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Matchday 1: Turkey 0-3 Italy (11 June)
Starting line-up: Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
Euro 2020 Final: England vs. Italy odds (Cup winner)
• England -120 (bet $120 to win $100) | Italy -110 (bet $110 to win $100)
The safer play, as many bettors found out in the semifinals, is to bet the winner of Euro 2020, which can include an extra time result. England has implied odds of 54.55% to be crowned Euro 2020 champion.
England vs Italy: Predictions
As reported by Standard UK, both of these teams have oceans of momentum behind them and picking a winner is extremely difficult. It will surely be a tense, gripping and tight affair between two excellent, confident teams, potentially decided by just the one goal.
England are undefeated in 15 of their last 17 games at Wembley Stadium in all competitions (D1 L1), scoring 46 goals and conceding just five.
We are backing England to get that extra push they need from another raucous home crowd.
England to win 1-0, finally ending 55 years of hurt, quite possibly after more extra time!
The final round of EURO 2020 is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Sunday, July 11, 2021.
It will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, with over 60,000 fans expected to be in attendance.
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