Italy will look to complete their comeback to the big leagues by lifting the Euro 2020 trophy at England’s expense.
Three years after missing out on the 2018 World Cup, the Azzurri have been the standout team at this summer’s tournament, but a near slip-up in the semi-final against Spain has set up what is certain to be an enthralling finale.
Here’s how Roberto Mancini could set his side up.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – By conceding against Spain, Donnarumma’s chances of winning the Golden Glove are gone. He’ll be determined to end on a high note.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo (RB) – Mancini’s decision to promote Di Lorenzo over Alessandro Florenzi has been a masterstroke. The Napoli man has been so good all summer.
Giorgio Chiellini (CB) – This will likely be Chiellini’s final Euros game and perhaps his last at a major tournament, and you just know he’ll do whatever it takes to get his hands on the trophy.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – 34-year-old Bonucci might still have a little more left in the tank, but he might never get as close to winning the Euros as he is right now.
Emerson (LB) – Leonardo Spinazzola’s injury is a massive blow, but Emerson filled in pretty well against Spain. He’s definitely added a little extra to his price tag.
Jorginho (CM) – A surprise Ballon d’Or candidate, a win here would do a lot for Jorginho’s chances of getting his hands on the shiny golden ball.
Marco Verratti (CM) – Verratti has been outstanding this summer, despite the fact he’s still being nursed back to full fitness after a knee injury ended his season early. Fair play.
Nicolo Barella (CM) – Barella has fought off competition from Manuel Locatelli for the third spot in Italy’s midfield, and expect that trend to continue here.
Federico Chiesa (RW) – The man for the big occasion, Chiesa has pushed his way past Domenico Berardi in the pecking order with two goals in his last three games.
Ciro Immobile (ST) – This looks like being a tournament to forget for Immobile, but one good performance here could change everything.
Lorenzo Insigne (LW) – Excellent all summer, Insigne will be looking to exploit any space behind Kyle Walker in England’s defence.
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