Luciano Spalletti has released the list of 27 players who will be called up for Italy’s upcoming UEFA Euro Qualifier matches against Malta and England. A handful of injury concerns have hit the Azzurri camp, but Spalletti will nonetheless bet on his side bringing all six points back home.
France resume their UEFA EURO Qualification matches when thy take on The Netherlands on matchday seven, and coach Didier Deschamps took stock of two Inter players. He praised Marcus Thuram for integrating well into Simeone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 system: "He's still young, he has a lot of opportunities to improve."
"It's coming to Rome!!!" - Leonardo Bonucci's wild shout into a TV camera as tension unfolded and celebration kicked off was the sum up of the Azzurri's dream night. They did it. Italy beat England on penalties, conquering their Wembley fort at the end of an exhausting 120-minute battle to come out of Euro 2020 as winners.
And so, the Final of Euro 2020 will be England - Italy. The Three Lions reached Roberto Mancini's Azzurri into the last act after defeating Denmark at Wembley thanks to a Harry Kane goal into the first extra time. The regular times ended 1-1, with Simon Kjaer's own goal cancelling the lead propitiated by a Mikkel Damsgaard free kick.
To the Final, Azzurri! Italy defeated their Spanish nemesis on penalties to reach the last act of the European Championship for the second time in the last three editions. It was a tough battle at Wembley, where Roberto Mancini and his boys were seriously tested by Spain but were ultimately favored by the shootout lottery.
Is this the best England squad we've since in the Euro since 1996, or, perhaps the luckiest? Well, it's really a combination of the two. Against Ukraine, they met little opposition and for the first time in this tournament, Gareth Southgate's men were allowed to run riot and score goals seemingly at will against opposition merely happy to have reached this stage.
This is not anything Denmark would have believed possible. Yet, with the hardship of losing their top player in only the first game of Euro 2020, the Danes have proven resilient. There wasn't much left in the tank for either them or Czech Republic, but the Danes managed to edge their opponents and reach the tournament's Semi Finals.
Italy passed the trial of fire. Belgium were beaten in one of the most awaited games of Euro 2020, a Quarter Finals match-up that saw Roberto Mancini's Azzurri prevail 2-1 over the top-ranked side of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne. The Azzurri will face Spain in the Semi Finals on Tuesday.
Only a few years ago, Spain would have greatly fancied their chances in a match like this. Tonight, they were wise enough to be humble. Switzerland, after all, had just knocked out World Champions France, and Spain had suffered for their victory against Croatia.
One of the most successful mid-sized teams in Europe, Sweden were also one of the most tedious seen at Euro 2020. On Tuesday night, they bowed out of the competition after succumbing to defeat against Ukraine whose manager Andriy Shevchenko is slowly, but steadily delivering.
England versus Germany is one of the biggest derbies in international football. Tonight, just like too scraggy boxers in a ring, the teams found themselves with nothing left to hide behind. England won! And, if 1966, 1990, or 1996 are any indicators, this will be a nation-uniting result.
Switzerland aren't exactly known for their exciting way of playing football. Still, with little lest to lose in a match against World Champions France, the Swiss came swinging. This was a game with goals galore, and much like the previous match between Spain and Croatia an ambassador for the European Championship.