Marco Verratti is preparing for a boyhood dream: to play the European Championship final. “Both countries can make history,” says the Italian midfielder. Italy will take on England at Wembley on Sunday. “I expect a verwacht epic battle.”
Italy was not one of the top favorites for this European Championship in advance. Verratti: “Before the tournament, there was little faith in us abroad, but now they all see our strength. Italy is back at the level where we should be.”
Italy has been unbeaten for 33 games in a row. A 2nd European title (the 1st and only one was in 1968) is looming. “I notice that there is now a lot of enthusiasm around the Italian national team.”
England never won it
England won the world title in their own country in 1966, but could never progress beyond the semi-finals at European Championships. This time, the English team does have the home advantage, in a stadium filled with approximately 60,000 spectators and only a few thousand Italian fans will be present. Björn Kuipers is the referee at Wembley.