• September 25, 2023

Euro 2020: England focus turns to Italy for final – but what is the ticket situation?

Date: Sunday July 11th. Start: 8:00 p.m. CET. Conference location: Wembley Stadium. Cover: Live on BBC One with setup from 7 p.m. Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live. Live text commentary, goal clips, report and highlights on the BBC Sport website.

England’s footballers are preparing to face Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, knowing the win will earn them their first major men’s tournament triumph in 55 years.

On a night of nerve-wracking tension and then boundless joy, Gareth Southgate’s side Beat Denmark 2-1 in front of more than 50,000 enthusiastic English fans at Wembley Stadium to reach their first European Championship final.

Captain Harry Kane hit the winner in extra time to secure a spot against the Azzurri at Wembley Stadium (8:00 p.m. BST kick-off).

If England wins, it will be their first major tournament win since winning the 1966 World Cup.

The final whistle was greeted by scenes of cheers and celebrations in cities across England.

“I’m so happy for our country” said Chief Southgate, who hit the air at the final whistle.

“We know what our country has been through like others and to continue this happiness and this journey for another four days, we are so happy.”

England’s ecstatic players celebrated full-time on the pitch in front of their fans by singing “Sweet Caroline”, which the fans sang throughout the tournament.

“There was chaos on the pitch full time,” added Southgate. “As soon as Sweet Caroline played, that was it.”

Former England striker Gary Lineker told BBC One: “It finally happened. I doubted I would ever see it again in my life.”

A surprise awaited midfielder Declan Rice after the game. The West Ham star learned of the birth of his new niece, who was born just as Kane scored the winning goal.

Speaking to BBC Sport, an enthusiastic Rice said: “My brother literally had a baby when the second gate came in. He’s crying his eyes out, he’s had a baby girl. It’s a special night all round!”

What happens to tickets?

At least 60,000 fans will be at Wembley for the showcase finals on Sunday, despite it reports a full crowd of 90,000external link could watch the game.

Tickets for the semifinals against Denmark were Selling on social media for thousands of poundsexternal link on the eve of the game.

According to the Uefa website, tickets for the final are available to the general public are sold out.external link

The Londoners will be given the chance to see the final if they Book Covid-19 vaccination scheduled appointment. A pair of seats and 50 seats for the fan zone in Trafalgar Square were set up by the mayor of the capital, Sadiq Khan.

Covid-19’s travel restrictions mean Italy’s supporters cannot fly to England for the game.

However, Italian supporters based in the UK who are fully vaccinated or have a negative lateral flow test for the past 48 hours may be admitted at Wembley Stadium.

How do you see the game?

The final will be broadcast live on both the BBC and ITV.

Pubs have been allowed to stay open 45 minutes longer until 11:15 p.m. BST on Sunday in case the Wembley final goes into overtime and penalties.

A government spokesman said: “The entire nation is covered by the championship and this will allow people to enjoy the game in pubs if they so wish.”

What happened against Denmark?

England fought their way back on a goal to beat Denmark after extra time after Mikkel Damsgaard gave the Danes the lead with a lush free kick – the first goal conceded by Gareth Southgate’s side at Euro 2020.

Denmark goalkeeper Casper Schmeichel failed from close range against Raheem Sterling before England equalized when captain Simon Kjaer left his own goalkeeper behind and tried to prevent Sterling from hitting a Bukayo Saka cross.

Then, on a night of excitement and tension, Schmeichel produced a full-length dive to fend off Harry Maguire’s header in front of Kane’s winner after Schmeichel saved his penalty.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie went to Wembley to watch England advance to the Euro 2020 finalThe Duke of Cambridge chats with former English player David Beckham at Wembley StadiumThe Duke of Cambridge was chatting with former English player David Beckham at Wembley Stadium

Among the audience were David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, who, as is well known, sang the unofficial England anthem Three Lions with its well-known refrain “Football’s coming home”.

Elsewhere there were cheering scenes as fans in England gathered soccer jerseys and costumes in designated fan zones, pubs and bars to watch the historic victory.

A party atmosphere broke out in Trafalgar Square in London after England’s second goal. Several men took off their shirts and began to dance on the tables.

Fans later took to the streets of London to celebrate, with crowds gathering in Leicester Square and dozens of supporters climbing the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus.

How good is italy

Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but has been on the rise since former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini took office in 2018.

They are unbeaten in 33 games in the final on Sunday and have gained momentum since their opening win against Turkey during Euro 2020.

After beating Belgium, number one in the world, and three-time European champions Spain in the knockout round, they won’t fear anyone anymore.

Their team includes veteran defenders Giorgio Chiellini, 36, and Leonardo Bonucci, 34, who both impressed during the tournament.

The Azzurri’s tenth big tournament final and their fourth European Championship final will take place on Sunday.

Past meetings

In Sunday’s game, Italy and England will meet for the first time since a 1-1 draw in a friendly at Wembley in March 2018. Jamie Vardy gave the Three Lions the lead before Lorenzo Insigne equalized with a penalty in the 87th minute.

The last time the two countries met in a major tournament, Italy won 2-1 at 2014 World Cup in Brazil when the Three Lions were bottom of their group.

Italy also has Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions at the Quarter-finals of Euro 2012 on penalties in Kiew.

England have not beaten the Azzurri in their last three games.

Their last win came in a friendly in August 2012 when Jermain Defoe scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win.

“This is England’s time”

Jonathan called BBC Radio 5 Live’s 606 and said it was “a surreal feeling” to see England in a grand finale.

“I remember my first World Cup in 1990 – I was nine and cried in the semi-finals when we lost to Germany,” he added.

“This is England’s time. We can go back on Sunday and repay the Italians, they have caused us a lot of suffering over the years.”

Nelly called from Australia and said he had tears in his eyes.

“My wife is Danish – she went back to bed very quickly. We probably won’t speak for 24 hours, but who cares? I’m so proud to be English. I’ll be dancing in the streets in Sydney.”

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