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England ‘here to win’ in Euro 2020 final and ‘want to bring the trophy home’ – Southgate

Written by on 10/07/2021

England are “here to win” in the Euro 2020 final and “want to go and bring the trophy home”, says manager Gareth Southgate.

On the eve of the Three Lions’ historic clash against Italy, Southgate said his side are ready and insisted that it will be “just a normal match day”.

During a news conference alongside his captain Harry Kane, the England manager said: “We’re in a final and we are here to win.

Harry Maguire (L) and Harry Kane appeared relaxed at England's training session
Image: Harry Maguire (left) and Harry Kane appeared relaxed at England’s training session

“Everything is important, how we’ve represented people and we’re pleased that legacy has been there but now we want to go and bring the trophy home for everybody,” he added.

Southgate said that the Italian squad have “fantastic players all the way through” and “are on an amazing run” – but that England “have our own strengths”.

Kane heaped praise on the Italian centre backs Giorgio Chiellini and Leonard Bonucci and said he was relishing the challenge of facing them.

“They are two amazing defenders. They have had great experience in big matches over their careers. I want to play against the best centre-backs in the world and those two are definitely up there,” Kane said.

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“But it’s not about me. The game is about England v Italy and we have a great belief in the team. We have great strength in the squad and a lot can happen in a final and we need to make sure we’re on the right side of it.”

Harry Kane (l) and Harry Maguire during a training session on the eve of the final
Image: The England players are seeking to win the national team’s first major trophy for 55 years

The majority of the 65,000 fans at Wembley on Sunday are expected to get behind England, and Southgate encouraged them to do so respectfully and without booing the Italian national anthem.

“It’s important our fans always respect the opposition,” he said. “We know that when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem it inspires them more. I don’t think it will help the team.

“We can intimidate the team booing during the game, but it is different for the anthem,” he added.

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The Queen has sent a personal message to England manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the Euro 2020 final, praising his team’s “spirit, commitment and pride”, as she recalled her memories of their last major tournament victory 55 years ago.

“It has been fantastic to have the letter from the Queen and the Prime Minister to all of the team and the recognition the players have gone about this in the right way,” Southgate said during the press conference.

“But we’re in a final and we’re here to win,” he stressed.

 Sky News

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