Former England player encourages the Three Lions to show the world ‘the best of England’.
defeated Denmark 2-1 in extra time in the semi-final of the delayed Euro 2020 to advance to the final round of the competition.
Gareth Southgate’s men will faceItaly
in the Euro 2020 final tonight at Wembley Stadium in London.
Former England striker,
, has now urged the Three Lions in a heartwarming letter to play to their full potential against the Azzurri in order to make a memorable night they could remember for the rest of their lives.
"I wish I was playing with you. This is the sort of occasion you dream about as a player. And honestly, it’s much less nerve-racking out on the pitch than in the stands. The adrenaline takes care of the nerves and the tiredness,”
Lineker said inThe Players' Tribune
"It might sound strange to those who have never experienced it, but it was these knockout games, the really big-pressure moments, the extra time and even the penalties that I relished the most.
"That chance to do something that other people will never get a chance to do. Go places where mortals will never tread. Whoever gets that opportunity? What better chance to show off who you really are?
"Treasure it and, most of all, enjoy it — though, let’s be honest, you only will if you win.
"But I’m confident you will win things. This is only the beginning, and this special group has many more years ahead. I really believe that, regardless of what happens tonight.
"It’s mad, almost ridiculous, how much this game, this tournament, means to us. But it does matter.
"If you win tonight, even if it’s just for a night, a week, or a month, it will stop us all in our tracks to focus on something good.
"To celebrate the best of England. And we’ll all go absolutely bonkers together."