Gareth Southgate and his England side are on the verge of their first piece of silverware since the 1966 World Cup at Euro 2020. They will play the Euro 2020 final at Wembley just like the 1966 World Cup final 55 years ago. It has been the venue for five of their six games during the tournament. Southgate believes that his side has fed off the energy of the crowd rather than feel the pressure.
“For us, the stadium in the last two matches has created incredible energy and I know on Sunday there will be a lot more Italian fans as well, so it will be a brilliant atmosphere for everybody,” Gareth Southgate before the Euro 2020 final. “But for us, it’s not been pressure, it’s been a positive thing. Everybody before the tournament talked about more pressure, more expectation because we had so many matches potentially in England, but for us, that was a privilege to be able to play at Wembley.”
“It was good for us to go to Rome, we loved going to Rome. It was important at that moment to go away from England, prepare somewhere different, and play in a magnificent stadium that inspired us. But then to be able to come back to Wembley was a real positive for us.” he added.
England are one of the youngest squads at Euro 2020. Jordan Henderson is one of the most experienced players in the squad and will play a vital role in Sunday’s final. He has the experience of winning a Champions League final with Liverpool in 2019. He revealed that the final against Italy will be a fantastic one.
“It’s a huge opportunity and a huge game for us,” Henderson said. “It does feel different to the Champions League final, it being at Wembley, being at home, the atmosphere around it will be different. It’s a huge opportunity for us to go out and perform in one of the biggest games in football, really.”