After knocking out Spain and Denmark respectively, Italy and England will lock horns in the finals of European Championship infront of 65,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 11 at 10 pm (EAT).
Regarded as one of the major European football power house, Italy have had a fantastic tournament so far crushing world ranked number one Belgium in the quarter-finals before sending the 2012 champions- Spain – home in the semifinals.
The four-time World Cup winners have been continental champions just once, when it was just a four-team event back in 1968.
Since then they have reached two finals, losing to France in 2000 and to Spain in 2012. It is undoubtedly that they are looking forward to cutting short their European Championship glory dry spell.
On the other hand, the anticipation is great in England, as the hosts sense that this is their time to end a 55-year wait to add a second major trophy to their 1966 World Cup.
England has had an easier path to the finals as their only challenge came in the semifinals when Denmark forced them to extra time following a 1-1 draw in after 90 minutes.
Their fans have been trapped in the prison of pain by supporting their national team which has witnessed their undoubtedly golden generation – which included football greats like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham and Gary Neville – fail to deliver.
However their inescapable disappointments could still be witnessed as luck as never been on their side against the Italians. Out of the last four meetings in a major tournament, Italy have emerged victories in all occasions.
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