Euro 2020 final live: England vs Italy

England made the perfect start to its Euro 2020 final against Italy, going 1-0 up after two minutes wth their first foray into enemy territory.

Some slick passing shifted the ball to the right from the halfway line after captain Harry Kane took possession and Kieran Trippier — who returned to the starting line-up after being named on the bench for the semi-final win against Denmark — chipped a clever cross from the corner of the box.

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Luke Shaw was unmarked at the back post and showed tremendous composure to drill a half volley into the back of the net.

The entire country is already in love with England coach Gareth Southgate for taking the team to a final, and his call to bring Trippier back into the starting XI was looking like a masterstroke as the home crowd at Wembley went wild.

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The Three Lions replicated the same attacking move 10 minutes later, Kane distributing to Trippier on the right, but this time his cross couldn’t find a teammate.

Italy was shellshocked by the early goal but slowly started to work is way into the match. Its first real attacking raid saw a nice pass slipped in behind England’s defence but the flag went up for offside.

Raheem Sterling made a probing run after 25 minutes but the final pass let him down on the edge of the era and Italy counter-attacked but was snuffed out by England’s defence.

Disgusting scenes before Euro final

Hundreds of ticketless fans tried to storm the Wembley gates in a bid to gain entry to England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy this morning.

Footage posted on social media showed supporters battling to get past lines of stewards and police as the atmosphere turned ugly in the hours before kick-off.

While some fans shown in the videos appeared to get past the fences and towards the venue, Wembley officials insisted there had been no breach of stadium security.

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A spokesperson for Wembley Stadium said: “We are dealing with an incident that occurred at the outer security perimeter area of the stadium, with support from police.

“Safety measures were quickly activated in the relevant areas and there were no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium.”

The Metropolitan Police tweeted: “We supported the security teams at Wembley Stadium a short time ago with this incident.

“Wembley security officials have confirmed there was no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium.”

London Police and Mayor Sadiq Khan urged fans not to travel to Wembley without match tickets, with the force noting officers were “on hand engaging with crowds and to keep people safe”.

The mood outside Wembley was growing febrile well before kick-off as thousands of fans gathered on Olympic Way.

Some drunken fans were throwing beer cans and bottles as well as traffic cones, with red flares and fireworks set off.

Social distancing was ignored as maskless supporters congregated in large groups on the concrete approach to the stadium.

Meanwhile drunken supporters thronged other parts of the British capital, gathering en masse in Leicester Square and at several major railway stations, to revel in one of Britain’s biggest sporting occasions in decades.

But there were chaotic scenes there too, with police reporting “multiple cases” of flares being set off inside London stations and people “jumping off street lamps and hoardings”, risking injury.

“We’re working with train operators to ensure the continuation of services & to ensure everyone can travel safely,” British Transport Police — which patrols the country’s rail network — said, adding: “these incidents are offences & will be investigated”.

England has been gripped by Euro fever since Gareth Southgate’s side booked the country’s first major final appearance for 55 years.

The Three Lions are aiming to win a first trophy since the 1966 World Cup. With coronavirus restrictions still in place, the final capacity at Wembley has been limited to 67,500, with around 7500 seats reserved for Italy fans.

England changes its approach before final

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Kieran Trippier has been recalled to the England team while Italy are unchanged from their semi-final win on penalties against Spain.

Atletico Madrid full-back Trippier replaces Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka in a change that will see England manager Gareth Southgate revert to the five-man defence that he used in the 2-0 win over Germany in the last 16.

Trippier has since been used off the bench in the wins over Ukraine in the last eight and against Denmark in the semi-final on Wednesday.

England are otherwise unchanged and Harry Kane, who scored the extra-time winner against Denmark, captains a side that is looking to win the country’s first major international tournament since the 1966 World Cup in front of an expected crowd of 67,500.

Italy, who are themselves chasing a first European Championship crown since 1968, go with the same line-up that started against Spain with Emerson Palmieri of Chelsea continuing at left-back in place of the injured Leonardo Spinazzola.

Starting line-ups

Italy (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (capt), Emerson Palmieri; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne Coach: Roberto Mancini (ITA)

England (5-3-2): Jordan Pickford; Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Mason Mount; Harry Kane (capt), Raheem Sterling Coach: Gareth Southgate (ENG)

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)

With AFP

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