Roberto Mancini’s Italy revolution has now come within one step of getting their hands on a major trophy since their World Cup win in 2006. The Azzurri have shown style, passion and nerves of steel on their way to the final having cruised through their group, to knocking out Belgium and Spain in the knockout stages.
Is football coming home? Well, it is now only potentially 90 minutes away from doing so. The Three Lions made it to their first final since the heroics of 1966 after beating a resolute Denmark side in extra time at Wembley. Southgate’s men have now gone one step better than they did in the 2018 World Cup but can they go that extra step to see Harry Kane lift the trophy in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.
Italy have previously won this competition, however, the footballing powerhouse has shown incredible fight to come back from the huge disappointment of missing out on the 2018 World Cup. Mancini’s side showed promise in their group after winning all three games without conceding. However, it is the knockout stages where we have seen exactly what they are made of with a couple of ‘ugly’ wins along the way to the final.
For the first time in the tournament, England found themselves behind in their semi-final against Denmark. It was actually the first time in which Jordan Pickford was forced to pick the ball out of his net in the tournament. Despite this, Gareth Southgate will have been delighted by the character shown to turn the scoreline on its head and come away from the game with their spot in the final secured.
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Italy vs England: Match Stats
Raheem Sterling (three) and Harry Kane (four) have proved to be England’s biggest goal threat through this tournament. The Manchester City forward dragged the Three Lions through the group stages with his goals against Croatia and the Czech Republic. Harry Kane has got back to his usual goalscoring ways and has soared to a total of four goals in the tournament with his winner against Denmark. These two are set to be England’s main threats against Mancini’s side and we expect both to get their chances in front of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal.
The Italians began this summer’s tournament in stunning style, however, Southgate and the England camp should take some confidence from their recent defensive record. Despite their stunning defensive record coming into the tournament, since advancing into the knockout stages of the tournament the Azzurri have failed to keep a clean sheet. England will get chances against Italy which was evident against Austria, Belgium and Spain who all had over 10 shots in their games against Mancini’s men.
Italy vs England: Corner Stats
Across their three knockout games so far, Italy have failed to take more than five corners in each game. In total Mancini’s side have only taken 10 corners in their games against Austria, Belgium and Spain – averaging just over three corners per game.
England does not boast a much better corner return with just 11 corners across their three knockout stage games. If this is to continue into the final do not expect to see many corners.
Italy vs England: Cards Stats
Italy have picked up two yellow cards in all three of their games since progressing from the group stages. The final at Wembley on Sunday could well be a tight affair given what is on the line so do not be surprised to see some ‘professional fouls’ to prevent the pacey England attack on the break.
Italy vs England: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Italy 1-2 England
Italy vs England: Odds
Italy vs England: Head to Head
27 March 2018 – England 1-1 Italy – Friendly
31 March 2015 – Italy 1-1 England – Friendly
14 June 2014 – England 1-2 Italy – World Cup
15 August 2012 – England 0-0 Italy – Friendly
England’s record against the Italians is pretty poor. In their four meetings at major tournaments, the Three Lions have failed to win any of them. But what better time to rip up the history books and for England to get their hands on their first-ever European Championship trophy.