The final of the European Championship to be played on Sunday at Wembley offers a revealing data. The two teams, Italy and England, will face each other, which best represent the essence of football in a country since practically all of its players are active in their teams instead of in foreign leagues.
Unlike other European powers plagued by figures spread abroad, such as France, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium or even Spain, Italy and England are nourished in this European Championship by a vast majority of internationals who develop week by week in Serie A and in the Premier League. A data that reflects the potential of both championships.
Thus, among the list of 26 summoned, the ‘azzurra’ coach, Roberto Mancini, has only four who play outside the country: the Italian nationalized Brazilians Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri, both at Chelsea, and Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi , both at PSG, although the full back is from Roma at the end of his assignment. In contrast, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave Milan in the next few days after ending his contract for PSG itself.
For his part, Gareth Southgate, the English coach, has only looked abroad to recruit Kieran Trippier (Atlético de Madrid), Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho, both in the ranks of Borussia Dortmund last season, although the winger He has already been repatriated by Manchester United for the next season.
An English eleven without ‘legionaries’
In addition, everything indicates that Southgate will line up a starting eleven with players enrolled in English teams on Sunday in the grand final. If he repeats his formation in the semi-finals against Denmark, Jordan Pickford (Everton) will be in goal, Kyle Walker (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Manchester United) and Luke Shaw (Manchester United) in defense, Declan Rice (West Ham) and Kalvin Phillips (Leeds) in the double pivot, Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Mason Mount (Chelsea) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) in the playmaker and his great figure, the captain and scorer Harry Kane (Tottenham), in point.
Trippier would enter the eleven only if Southgate opted for a defense of five. On the other hand, the English coach has barely counted on Sancho and Bellingham in this European Championship.
Mancini, with Jorginho and Emerson
Instead, everything points to Mancini turning to three of his four players abroad since Jorginho is fixed in the center of the field with a Verratti also untouchable after missing the first two games due to a knee injury, while Emerson Palmieri , a substitute at the start of the tournament, has performed well on the left side since he came in for Leonardo Spinazzola following the broken Achilles heel suffered by him during the quarter-final match against Belgium. Florenzi, who was injured in his debut against Turkey, is now recovered but Giovanni Di Lorenzo has seized his opportunity.
The rest of the line-up, except for unforeseen events in the form of injuries, will also be the same that eliminated Spain in the semifinals on penalties. That is, there will be the goalkeeper Donnarumma, the defenders Di Lorenzo (Naples), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) and Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), the midfielder Nicolò Barella (Inter) and the forwards Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio) and Lorenzo Insigne (Naples).
Juventus and Manchester City, the most represented
Juventus is the most represented team in the Italian team with 4 players (Chiellini, Bonucci, Chiesa and Bernardeschi), while Manchester City is also represented in the English team with 4 players (Stones, Walker, Sterling and Foden). Manchester United also have a foursome with the ‘pross’ if we add the newly signed Sancho to Maguire, Shaw and Rashford.