Date: July 12, 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
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After a grueling few weeks of football, we finally have the final two teams standing who will fight out to become the ultimate champions of Europe. Both the teams have been unbeaten in the tournament so far and are now just one step away from lifting the coveted trophy. While Italy have won the tournament before (1968) and will be looking to double their tally, England will be raring for their maiden moment of glory in Euros. With so much to look forward to, the big question is - Is it coming home or going Rome? Let's wait and watch.
The Azzurri will be without the services of their star left-back Leonardo Spinazzola who has been ruled out of the tournament due to an Achilles tendon rupture he sustained against Belgium. Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri replaced him in the last match against Spain and put on a good shift. Roberto Mancini is expected to name the same starting XI that featured in the semis.
Gareth Southgate has been tinkering with his formation and personnel throughout the tournament and it will certainly not be a surprise if we see a couple of changes in the starting line-up that featured against Denmark. The only place up for grabs could be of Bukayo Saka, who was given the nod ahead of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho in semis.
Both the goalkeepers have been at top of their game throughout the tournament and will face their biggest task in the finale. Gianluigi Donnarumma might have a slight edge over Jordan Pickford as Italy's goalkeeper will have a much more experienced defensive line shielding him. Meanwhile, full-backs Luke Shaw and Giovanni Di Lorenzo are going to be players to watch out for and their battle down the flank might prove to be the deciding factor in this match.
While Harry Maguire and Giorgio Chiellini should be the choices in centre-back position, Federico Chiesa and Mason Mount are the attacking players who could produce a moment of magic in the finale. While Chiesa is coming on the back of scoring a brilliant goal against Spain, Mount also had a decent outing against Denmark. Talking about forwards, there will be pairing of Kane and Sterling on one side with Immobile and Insigne on the other. Harry Kane could be the captain of your fantasy side considering the performance he put in against Denmark.
People's pick for Fantasy:
Probable Starting XI
Italy: Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK), Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Giorgio Chiellini (C), Leonardo Bonucci, Emerson Palmieri, Marco Verratti, Jorginho, Nicolo Barella, Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile
England: Jordan Pickford (GK); Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Kalvin Mark Phillips, Declan Rice; Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane (C)
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Gianluigi Donnarumma
Defenders: Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Giorgio Chiellini
Midfielders: Mason Mount, Federico Chiesa, Nicolo Barella, Bukayo Saka
Forwards: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile
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