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England or Italy? Who Roma manager Jose Mourinho will be supporting in the Euro 2020 final

By Ben Green

Published: 14:45, 8 July 2021

Roma manager Jose Mourinho recently revealed that he will be supporting England in the Euro 2020 final and “would love Harry Kane to take the trophy”.

The Three Lions overcame a gruelling semi-final at Wembley against Denmark on Wednesday, winning 2-1 in extra-time to book their ticket in the continental showpiece against Italy, who are currently on a tear of 33 games without defeat under Roberto Mancini.

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Mourinho, who has previously managed Inter Milan in Italy and is currently the new head coach of Roma, revealed last month in his column for The Times that an Italy against England final “would be the perfect scenario for me”, before adding that he would ultimately cheer on Gareth Southgate’s side.

He wrote: “Italy against England in the final would be the perfect scenario for me, and I am an England fan now.

“I would love Harry Kane to take the trophy in his hands from Aleksander Ceferin.”

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Mourinho: The best team won

Giving his thoughts after England’s 2-1 win over Denmark in the semi-final, Mourinho was less than impressed with the decision to award a penalty after Raheem Sterling went down under a challenge from Mathias Jensen, before concluding that the “best team” won on the night.

Southgate’s side conceded their first goal of the contest after Mikkel Damsgaard thumped home a delectable free-kick a quarter of an hour from half-time, before the nation rallied and came from behind through a Simon Kjaer own goal and a late Kane winner.

“Yes, amazing game, but I’m not sure you want to listen to my opinion,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.

“I say the way I see it, not the way it is. Maybe you don’t like my opinion this time….

“It’s never a penalty. The best team won, England deserve to win. England was fantastic, but for me it’s never a penalty.

“The best team won, England are a better team than Denmark. Denmark played the way I was expecting them to play on to their limits.

“England was really, really good and no doubt they deserved to win that match.

“But, for me, it’s never a penalty. At this level, a semi-final of a Euro I don’t understand really the referee’s decision.”

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