Leonardo Bonucci revealed that Italy were inspired to win Euro 2020 even more after England fans said football was coming home. Bonucci scored the crucial second-half equalizer to send the game into extra time. He then stepped up to convert a penalty in the penalty shootout. Bonucci was making his 18th appearance for his county in a European championship, the record for most caps by an Italian.
Gareth Southgate and his England team had a lot of expectations on their shoulders. The Three Lions anthem was sung all over the country after their semifinal win over Denmark at Wembley. The loss meant that England’s 55-year wait for a major trophy will continue.
“Absolutely. We heard it day in day out ever since Wednesday night since the Denmark game that the cup would be coming home to London,” Italy goal-scorer Leonardo Bonucci said when asked if the anthem inspired them. “Sorry for them but actually the cup will be taking a nice flight to Rome and that way Italians all over the world can savor this competition. It is for everyone, we said from day one it was for them and for us.”
“This victory really proves that once you go all the way all you need to do is try and give yourself a push to get back to the top,” he added. “You need to want it more than anything else, this is a renaissance for Italian football, and I am sure this squad and this great coach will make plenty of headlines going forward. We believed right from day one when we all joined up, there was a different feeling in the air and it has come to pass.”
Italy extended their unbeaten streak to 34 games dating back to 2018. They have made a remarkable comeback since not qualifying for the World Cup three years ago.