Gianluca Zambrotta praises ‘competitive’ Italy ahead of the final clash against the Three Lions.
managed to beat Spain in the semi-final of the delayed Euro 2020 in the penalty shootouts to advance to the next round of the competition. The Azzurri will faceEngland
in the final stage of the tournament tonight at Wembley Stadium in London.
Former Italy international and 2006 World Cup winner,
, has praised the ‘younger and bigger’ Azzurri, hoping that they can bring the Italians a ‘great satisfaction’.
In an interview withGoal
, Zambrotta said:
“There are cycles in football. After the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, the Italian national team changed generation and it took a few years to become a competitive team again.
"As early as 2012, the national team reached the final against Spain with Prandelli and reached the European Championship in 2016.
"They were different eras, but I have to say that Italy is now younger and bigger in terms of gameplay and players. This is a new Italy with important results coming in the right way and at the right time.
“This generation hopes to win the European Championship and then qualify for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. A team created at a crucial moment; we hope they can give us great satisfaction."