Probable Italy team to face England in Euro final as Azzurri aim to break hearts

Italy are expected to name an unchanged team as they bid to win their first major tournament in 15 years on Sunday.

Although much of the build-up to the Euro 2020 final at Wembley has centred on England and their hopes of ending a 55-year wait for a major trophy, the Azzurri have completed a remarkable recent turnaround of their own having failed to reach the last World Cup.

Manager Roberto Mancini has taken his team on an astonishing 32-match unbeaten run that stretches back to September 2018, and has involved victories in all of their matches at Euro 2020.

After maintaining a 100 per cent record in the group stages with wins over Turkey (3-0), Switzerland (3-0) and Wales (1-0), the Italians then battled past Austria 2-1 after extra-time, Belgium 2-1 and Spain on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Roberto Mancini is hoping to lead Italy to success

They go into the clash with England in fine spirits, and Mancini says he isn’t feeling the pressure.

“The first match was difficult, but this is the final, it’s different,” he told reporters on Saturday.

“I’m not agitated, maybe tomorrow (Sunday) I’ll be more. This moment will be important for me, I hope to have the success that I did not have as a player in blue.

“We have to be calm, we know it will be difficult but we have to be focused on our game. We have to have fun, it’s the last game. To do it we have to perform for the 90 minutes.

“I am happy with the work that (Ciro) Immobile, (Andrea) Belotti, (Giacomo) Raspadori and the others have done. They have given more than 100%. We need one last effort, we hope to have fun and then go on holiday.”

A serious injury suffered by left-back Leonardo Spinazzola against Belgium did put a dampener on Italy’s tournament, but the players have used the Roma man’s misfortune to further cultivate the bond within the squad.

They were filmed singing Spinazzola’s name in the aftermath of the win over Belgium, and then again on the Wembley pitch after Spain were beaten on penalties.

Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri has replaced Spinazzola in the side, and he is again set to take his place in defence alongside Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who all play in front of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Jorginho, Marco Verratti and Nicolo Barella are then expected to form the midfield three, with Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Chiesa and Ciro Immobile in attack.

Expected Italy XI for Euro 2020 final vs England : Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Emerson; Jorginho, Verratti, Barella; Chiesa, Insigne, Immobile

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