UEFA EURO 2020 final: meet the contenders | UEFA EURO 2020

Kacper Wilkins
Kacper Wilkins
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How they got there, top scorers, pedigree, key players and the coaches – all you need to know about UEFA EURO 2020 finalists Italy and England.


Group A results
11/06: Turkey 0-3 Italy (Rome)
16/06: Italy 3-0 Switzerland (Rome)
20/06: Italy 1-0 Wales (Rome)

Round of 16
26/06: Italy 2-1 Austria (aet) (London)

02/07: Belgium 1-2 Italy (Munich)

Chiesa's Star of the Match display against Spain

Chiesa’s Star of the Match display against Spain

06/07: Italy 1-1 Spain (aet, Italy win 4-2 on pens) (London)

Top scorers
Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Manuel Locatelli, Matteo Pessina (2 goals)

Group J record: P10 W10 D0 L0 F37 A4 
Qualifying top scorer: Andrea Belotti (5)

UEFA EURO best: winners (1968)
UEFA EURO semis: W3 L1 (1968, 2000, 2012; 1988)
UEFA EURO finals: W1 L2 (1968; 2000, 2012)
UEFA EURO 2016: quarter-finals, lost 6-5 to Germany on penalties after 1-1 draw

Coach: Roberto Mancini
One of the best forward players of his generation, though never that lucky with the Azzurri, Mancini is eager to sparkle as an international coach after winning club trophies in Italy, England and Turkey, and has made a pretty good start.

Penalty hero Jorginho on Italy win

Penalty hero Jorginho on Italy win

Key player: Jorginho
In the Italy camp they call him Radio Jorginho because he is constantly talking during games, always directing his team-mates. If you are looking for spectacular tricks or stunning goals, you should look somewhere else, but Jorginho is the real brains behind this Azzurri team, an indispensable orchestra conductor – and, as his decisive kick in the semi-final shoot-out win against Spain showed, he’s not bad from the penalty spot either.

One to watch: Nicolò Barella
The box-to-box midfielder holds the key to Mancini’s formation. Sardinian-born and now a key part of Inter’s Serie A-winning side, the 24-year-old really is the full package, bringing tackling, technique, lots of energy and dangerous, well-timed runs into the opposition box.

Did you know?
In the course of this tournament, Italy have broken their records for a longest winning streak (13) and unbeaten run (currently 33).


Group D results
13/06: England 1-0 Croatia (London)
18/06: England 0-0 Scotland (London)
22/06: Czech Republic 0-1 England (London)

See Kane and England celebrations

See Kane and England celebrations

Round of 16
29/06: England 2-0 Germany (London)

03/07: Ukraine 0-4 England (Rome)

07/07: England 2-1 Denmark (aet) (London)

Top scorer
Harry Kane (4 goals)

Group A record: P8 W7 D0 L1 F37 A6 
Qualifying top scorer: Harry Kane (12)

UEFA EURO best: third place (1968)
UEFA EURO semis: W0 L2 (1968, 1996)
UEFA EURO finals: N/A
UEFA EURO 2016: round of 16, lost 2-1 to Iceland

Watch Southgate's England baby photo challenge

Watch Southgate’s England baby photo challenge

Coach: Gareth Southgate
His four major tournaments as a player included EURO ’96, and a famous semi-final penalty miss against Germany. As manager he has changed the mood around England, leading the team to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and now the final of EURO 2020, beating Germany on the way, no less.

Key player: Harry Kane
England’s captain and talismanic 38-goal striker has rediscovered his scoring touch at the perfect moment in this EURO – and now stands level with Gary Lineker as the nation’s highest tournament goalscorer (with ten goals).

One to watch: Bukayo Sako
Had only four caps entering June, but the 19-year-old has been a revelation, forcing his way into Southgate’s side with his efforts on the training pitch. His penetrating run led to the winner against the Czechs on his first EURO outing while against Denmark, his speedy surges kept the dangerous Joakim Mæhle on the back foot.

Did you know?
England have lost just two of 28 Wembley home games under Southgate – against Spain and Denmark (in the UEFA Nations League).

Eliminated in the group stage


North Macedonia


Eliminated in round of 16


Eliminated in quarter-finals

Czech Republic


Eliminated in semi-finals


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