All the players England will need to take on to beat Italy in Euro 2020 final

If England’s heroes want to ascend to Euros glory, they need to get past King Kong.

Italian captain Giorgio Chiellini, known for his chest-thumping celebrations, has been imperious in his team’s confident run to the final.

The towering 6ft 1in veteran defender, who led club Juventus to nine consecutive Italian league titles from 2012 to 2020, has been hailed for his dominant displays against top Euros strikers such as Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku – so Harry Kane beware.

And Chiellini’s not just a pretty intimidating face. In 2017 he completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration with honours at Turin University.

Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini with Spain’s Jordi Alba after the match Pool

And he can do the business when it comes to winding the opposition up too.

Before Italy’s semi-final penalty shootout with Spain, Chiellini, 36, was seen play fighting with bemused Barcelona star Jordi Alba.

He later denied trying to play mind games with the Spanish captain.

Among other Azzuri danger men, England will need to keep a close eye on Mason Mount’s Chelsea teammate Jorginho, whose ice-cool penalty sent Italy into to the final.

Italy's midfielder Federico Chiesa vies for the ball with Spain's defender Eric Garcia
Italy’s midfielder Federico Chiesa vies for the ball with Spain’s defender Eric Garcia

The 29-year-old midfielder was born in Brazil but moved to Italy at 15 when he signed for Hellas Verona.

As part of the club’s academy education, he spent time in a monastery and almost gave up football after claiming he was financially exploited by an agent.

A move to Napoli in 2014 kick-started his career, before he signed for Chelsea in a £57million deal in 2018.

Qualifying though an Italian great-grandfather, he broke into the national team in 2017.

Jorginho's ice-cool penalty sent Italy through to the final
Jorginho’s ice-cool penalty sent Italy through to the final

Now his performances for club and country – including Chelsea’s Champion’s League win in May – have sparked talk of a Ballon d’Or award as the world’s best player.

Further up the pitch, England must stop Federico Chiesa, 23, from scoring at Wembley for the second game in a row.

The Juventus winger curled in Italy’s equaliser against Spain and was man of the match. On the sidelines, the man hoping to out manoeuvre Gareth Southgate is a familiar face to English fans.

Roberto Mancini, Head Coach of Italy gestures during the UEFA Euro
Southgate will have to take on Italy’s head coach Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini ended his playing days on loan at Leicester City before managing Manchester City in 2009.

He guided them to their first league title in 44 years but was sacked a year later after losing the FA Cup final to Wigan.

Mancini’s sharp Armani suits have caught the eye. And the fashion-conscious boss once banned Man City’s purple tracksuits after a run of bad results.

Now England fans are hoping his team’s current purple patch comes to an end at Wembley tonight.

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