Italy vs England | Euro 2021: England come up against another curse: Winning the European Championship at home

Kacper Wilkins
Kacper Wilkins
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When England defeated Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals on Wednesday night, it represented a landmark moment in the history of the English national team, as they reached their first-ever European Championship final.

With the showpiece against Italy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, they will once again look to banish the ghosts of the past by achieving the rare feat of winning the European Championship final on home soil.

Should they do so, they will match the achievements of France, Italy and Spain, who won the tournament at home in 1984, 1968 and 1964 respectively.

Two massive shocks

However, in the other two examples of the home team reaching the final, it has been a different story entirely.

In 2004, Lisbon hosted the final between Portugal and Greece. Although the home side featured the likes of Luis Figo, Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Rui Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo, they slipped to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of an Angelos Charisteas header.

Twelve years later, France suffered the same fate, when they faced Portugal at the Stade de France in the Euro 2016 final. Whilst Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off through injury early into the match, Eder silenced the home crowd with an outstanding strike in extra time.

A crowd of 90,000 at Wembley?

British prime minister Boris Johnson has not ruled out the possibility of welcoming 90,000 fans to Wembley on Sunday, after 60,000 were in attendance for the semi-final.

This will raise the decibel level even further as England look to banish the demons that have haunted them – and other past host nations – by lifting the European Championship on home soil.

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