Italy-England: Immobile and the last hour of the final

There are hours left until the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England begins at Wembley (9:00 p.m.). The leading teams rest and prepare the last details. From the concentration of Italy it is filtered, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, that Roberto Mancini, the ‘azzurro’ coach, will keep Ciro Immobile in the eleven, instead of opting for a false nine, a possibility that had been speculated in the last hours.

Mancini’s players have received an emotional letter from the members of the historic Italian team that on July 11 like today but in 1982, 39 years ago, they won the World Cup in Spain against Germany at the Santiago Bernabéu (3-1 ). It is a letter in which the heroes of the third world title of the ‘squadra‘ azzurra cheer on the current ‘nazionale’, thanking them for reliving their triumph and haranguing them for the final.

Also to those of Gareth Southgate they receive messages when there are hours until the final begins: among them, that of the prime minister, Boris Johnson, who in a video wishes them “the best of luck.” He joins the messages on Saturday night, in this case from Queen Elizabeth and Prince William.

No news from Phil Foden

If from the concentration of Italy the almost certain ownership of the 2020 Golden Boot is filtered, Ciro Immobile, author of 2 goals in this European Championship (like his teammates Insigne, Locatelli, Pessina and Chiesa), but whose game has been at a lower level that much of the team, there is however no news about the state of Phil Foden, of whom England coach Gareth Southgate already said on Saturday that he may miss the final after suffering a blow.




Phil Foden (Mike Egerton / PA via AP)

Regarding Mancini, Gazzetta herself speculated this morning that, although Immobile pointed again to the headline, it was not a certainty. And that Lorenzo Insigne could act as a false nine (with Berardi and Chiesa at the ends) or Bernardeschi (with Chiesa and Insigne flanking him). Hours later, he considered the ownership of the Lazio striker for practically certain.

Also preparing are the 60,000 spectators who will attend the final, most of them English, dreaming of seeing Harry Kane lift his team’s first major title since the 1966 World Cup. But there will be 10,000 Italians. “Wembley can scare everyone, except us Italians, who are stronger,” said, gladiatorically, to Gazzetta dello Sport Marco Materazzi, world champion in 2006.