England vs Italy LIVE! Euro 2021 final match stream, latest score and goal updates today

Kacper Wilkins
Kacper Wilkins
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For the first time since 1966 England are in the final of a major tournament as they face Italy in tonight’s Euro 2020 showpiece at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate’s side have the nation behind them after a terrific run, with their extra-time victory over Denmark on Wednesday night seeing the Three Lions into the final of a European Championship for the first time ever.

The likes of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane have been among the star players at the tournament, while a solid defence has been breached just once – by Mikkel Damsgaard’s free-kick – in six matches.

Italy are looking to win the Euros for the first time since 1968 and victory would cap a remarkable turnaround in fortunes under Roberto Mancini after the humiliation of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Mancini’s men have impressed throughout the tournament, winning all three of their group games at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, but needed a penalty shootout to overcome an improving Spain in the semi-final.

You can follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below…

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Neville: Country must support Saka

Gary Neville called for the country to rally around Bukayo Saka after the teenager missed the crucial penalty against Italy.

“It is heartbreaking for the boy,” said Neville on ITV. “The whole nation is going to need to cuddle him. Everybody has loved this boy for the past few weeks and they will love him in the next few weeks. He has been absolutely brilliant.

“Gone are the days when we criticise players for missing a penalty. Fifteen or 20 years there might have been a scapegoat. That is not going to happen this time.

“We have got a lot more mature. They are human beings and they need to be looked after. They cannot be assaulted or abused.”

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Players must see this as a success

Gareth Southgate has told his players they must consider Euro 2020 a success despite their penalty shootout heartbreak in the final on Sunday.

The Three Lions took the lead against Italy inside two minutes at Wembley through Luke Shaw but sat off from there and allowed the Italy back into game – the visitors levelling through Leonardo Bonucci in the second half.

Neither side could find a winner and – for the fourth time in England’s history at a European Championship – penalties were required. As with the previous three, England lost. Jordan Pickford made two fine saves but misses from Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka meant Italy were crowned European champions for a second time in their history, ensuring England’s wait for a major title will go on at least until 2022 and the Qatar World Cup.

Despite the pain, Southgate’s side have inspired and united a nation, while he and his players have done something no other England team have managed since 1966 in reaching a final – beating Germany along the way as well.

“Is it a success? I think in terms of the players, they should feel that way,” said Southgate.

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“They’ve made history several times during the tournament. They played so well during the first half that the expectation and pressure was so high.

“In the end we haven’t been able to keep the ball well enough in the second period of normal time especially, that invited more and more pressure. It’s something we know we have to be better at but the time to analyse that in depth is not at this moment.

“Tonight my pride is for what the players have done and the way they’ve carried themselves and been with each other is immense.”

England captain Harry Kane said the defeat would hurt for the “rest of our careers”, but many were on hand to remind the squad of what they have achieved this summer – including Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

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“At the moment the players are understandably really quiet,” said Southgate. “The Duke’s just been down to see them in the dressing room and has rightly thanked them for what they’ve done and being fulsome in his praise.”

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Southgate on the penalties

The England manager has been speaking to the BBC…

Southgate’s message to Saka: “That it is down to me. I decided on the penalty takers based on what we had done in training and nobody is on their own. We have won together as a team and it is absolutely on all of us in terms of not being able to win the game tonight.In terms of the penalties, that is my call and totally rests with me.”

How confident were you when it went to penalties… “We were well prepared and started well. Unfortunately the guys were not able to convert tonight. They cannot look at themselves in terms of how they practiced because they could not have done any more or any better.”

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Look forward to Qatar

England captain Harry Kane speaking to the BBC…

“Couldn’t have given more, boys couldn’t have give more. Pens are the worst feeling in the world when you lose. We had a fantastic tournament we should hold our heads up high. It’s going to hurt, but we’re progressing and we can build on this next year.

“The boys done everything they could, it just wasn’t our night.

“You’ve got to hold your heads up high. Fantastic tournament. Anyone can miss a penalty. You win together, lose together. It will give us more motivation to do more in the World Cup next year. We should be extremely proud as a group of what we have achieved. We progressed well from Russia and now we need to continue that.”

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The crowning moment

Italy lift the trophy at Wembley

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Chiellini lifts the trophy and marches over to his teammates and manager to lift it at Wembley.

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Southgate and his players head up to collect their silver medals. Not the colour they wanted, but my what a ride they’ve given everyone across the country this summer.

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Presentation begins

Gianluigi Donnarumma is named player of the tournament. A goalkeeper? Player of the tournament? Not sure.

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Italy begin the celebrations

A huge night for Roberto Mancini’s side.

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