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Southgate: Compared to us, Italy have an incredible record at Finals

Fri 09 July 2021 | 19:41

The England manager revealed that they ‘have a long way to go before we can be regarded as a football country like Italy’ before the Euro 2020 Final since The Three Lions are experiencing something rare.

The Euro 2020 Final will take place at Wembley on Sunday and it is

England

’s second Final in a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

I’ve been watching them closely for two years and knew the job Roberto (Mancini) was doing,”

England manager

Gareth Southgate

told

Sky Sport Italia

.

“We knew the disappointment of not qualifying for the World Cup, Italy is an incredible football nation, I think I heard the other night 12 semi-finals and 10 finals. Compared to us, that’s an incredible record.

“We’ve got a long way to go before we can be regarded as a football country like Italy.”

Italy

’s 15th anniversary of winning the 2006 World Cup is today and they have won the Euros once in 1968, but they made it into the Final in 2000, 2012, and now 2020.

England, meanwhile, entered their first European Championship Final. After the Azzurri failed to get World Cup qualification in 2018, Mancini changed the team’s prospect as they won all 10 games in qualifying and are on a run of a record-breaking 33 unbeaten games.

“They’ve got a very clear way of playing, great spirit, great energy. Tactically, like all Italian teams, they are very good. But the style of play is also very different to when I was younger, very modern,”

continued Southgate.

“So it’s an exceptional team and we have without doubt the best two teams in the tournament at the Final. Now it’s whoever performs well on the day.”

However, England have yet to defeat Italy in a major tournament as they have been beaten in all their last four encounters.


source: SportMob

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