Just one game left at Euro 2021 and it has all the ingredients to be the best one yet.
England will try to win its first major title since the 1966 World Cup when it hosts Italy in the European Championship final at Wembley Stadium in London. It already made history by advancing to its first final in the last 55 years and as host, it is also the favorite to win it.
Italy will be the opponent and the Azzurri won’t be an easy out for England. The Italians, who are chasing their second Euro title and first since 1968, are currently on a 33-game undefeated streak and they’ve played some of the best soccer of the tournament, knocking off quality teams like Belgium and Spain. England’s path in the knockouts included Germany, Ukraine and Denmark.
A capacity crowd is expected at Wembley and the pressure and expectations will be squarely on the English. They will be relying on Harry Kane (four goals), Raheem Sterling (three goals) and a stingy defense (only one goal allowed all tournament) to finally capture their first Euro title.
England vs. Italy live score
ENG: Luke Shaw (Kieran Trippier) – 2nd min.
England vs. Italy updates and highlights
Halftime: England 1, Italy 0
Halftime: After scoring in the 2nd minute, England was content to sit back and let Italy try to come up with something. But the Italians are not inspired. Roberto Mancini will probably wait to see if they can nick a goal to open the second half before thinking about subs for Ciro Immobile and Insigne.
49th+ min: And now it’s center back Bonucci just firing a wayward shot from distance. Not a good decision.
46th+ min: In stoppage time an Immobile volley in the box is blocked and then Verratti takes a shot that’s telegraphed to ‘keeper Jordan Pickford.
44th min: Sterling takes a tumble in the Italy box after a shoulder-to-shoulder, but the referee says get up. Speaking of the referee, he’s done well to let play flow and kept the whistle in his pocket.
42nd min: Set piece into the box for Italy and Harry Maguire clears. Italy still with possession. They have numbers and space to pass, but it’s all outside the box. If you’re England, you’ll take this for the 50 minutes left in this game.
39th min: Italy forwards Immobile and Insigne look like they’ve never played together. Another pass by Insigne and Immobile is twisting and turning to find it. But he’s also offside.
36th min: Luke Shaw with the ball at his feet in the Italy box again, but his low cross is cleared by Emerson. Threat neutralized by Italy.
35th min: Best chance for Italy. Federico Chiesa holds off Declan Rice and then explodes toward goal and fires a left-footed shot that fizzes just wide right of England’s goal.
33rd min: Italy is just knocking the ball around and strung together a ton of passes and then it ends with a ball Emerson can’t reach on the end line. It’s amounting to nothing.
28th min: And Insigne just fires a ball from 30 yards out. It was hopeless as soon as it left his foot. And the Italian forwards are now arguing. Not looking good for them. No rhythm to their game.
25th min: Jorginho is back on the field. His reentry came after an Italian attack where Insigne couldn’t find Immobile in the box. The Azzurri just don’t look sharp or dangerous.
23rd min: While Jorginho is receiving treatment (and limping to sideline), broadcast shows Tom Cruise and David Beckham fist-bumping on the Shaw goal. Of course.
22nd min: And Jorginho is down for Italy, pointing at his right knee. He’s getting worked on by the trainers.
19th min: So Italy is pressing high and controlling possession for the last few minutes. England content to absorb the pressure for now because Italy are eventually coughing it up every time.
17th min: Another Italian attack foiled, this by a very tight offside on Italian left back Emerson. And the camera obviously pans the crowd and keys in on the injured Leonardo Spinazzola.
11th min: Italy seems to have gathered itself after the early blow. But every time they’ve pushed forward it’s fizzled out.
4th min: That was the fastest goal ever to start a European Championship final match. The cross came from Trippier, who was the new starter in the lineup, coming in for Bukayo Saka.
2nd min: England goal!!! Luke Shaw scores his first-ever England goal on a sweet volley. He took it in stride and beat the goalkeeper at the near post.
2nd min: Harry Maguire just gives away a corner, kicking it out, but Italy can’t take advantage.
1st min: We’re off.
2:55 p.m. ET: Finally, the anthems:
2:40 p.m. ET: Some “Sweet Caroline” to pass the final minutes here:
2:20 p.m. ET: The Italian fans at Wembley. Question is whether they can make themselves heard during the game:
2:15 p.m. ET: Warmup time. Italy’s out first. We’re getting there:
1:45 p.m. ET: Fans are taking their places at Wembley:
1 p.m. ET: Things don’t seem to be any better closer to Wembley, where fans are storming barriers.
12:00 p.m. ET: We can’t verify if this actually happened today, but it is cool and hard to pull off:
11:44 a.m. ET: Crowds of people were gathering hours in advance of the final and that was not necessarily a good thing in some places:
England vs. Italy starting lineups
Earlier reports were confirmed that England is going back to a three central defender formation with two wingbacks in Luke Shaw (left) and Kieran Trippier (right). Bukayo Saka makes room for Trippier.
Italy rolls out the same side that got past Spain with Ciro Immobile keeping his role at center forward despite rumors that the head coach was contemplating a switch.
Starting lineup (3-4-3, left to right): 1-Jordan Pickford-GK — 6-Harry Maguire, 5-John Stones, 2-Kyle Walker — 3-Luke Shaw, 4-Declan Rice, 14-Kalvin Phillips, 12-Kieran Trippier — 10-Raheem Sterling, 9-Harry Kane, 19 Mason Mount
Available subs: 23-Sam Johnstone-GK, 13-Aaaron Ramsdale-GK, 15-Tyrone Mings, 16-Conor Coady, 24-Reece James, 7-Jack Grealish, 8-Jordan Henderson, 17-Jadon Sancho, 25-Bukayo Saka, 26-Jude Bellingham, 11-Marcus Rashford, 18-Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 21-Gigi Donnarumma-GK — 13-Emerson Palmieri, 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 3-Giorgio Chiellini (C), 2-Giovanni Di Lorenzo — 6-Marco Verratti, 8-Jorginho, 18-Nicolo Barella — 10-Lorenzo Insigne, 17-Ciro Immobile, 14-Federico Chiesa
Available subs: 1-Salvatore Sirigu-GK, 26-Alex Meret-GK, 15-Francesco Acerbi, 23-Alessandro Bastoni, 24-Alessandro Florenzi, 25-Rafael Toloi, 5-Manuel Locatelli, 12-Matteo Pessina, 16-Bryan Cristante, 20-Federico Bernardeschi, 9-Andrea Belotti, 11-Domenico Berardi
How to watch the Euro 2021 final
- Date: Sunday, July 11
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV channel (USA): ESPN in USA
- Spanish-language TV (USA): Univision, TUDN
- Streaming (USA): fuboTV , ESPN+, TUDN app, TUDN.tv
- TV channel (Canada): TSN 1/4
- Streaming (Canada): TSN Direct
USA TV & streaming
The Euro 2021 championship match will be broadcast in the USA by ESPN in English and Univision and TUDN in Spanish.
Both those networks can be streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial). ESPN+ will carry the match for subscribers and the match will be available on the TUDN app for authenticated users.
Canada TV & streaming
The match will be carried by TSN 1/4 in Canada and it will also be streamed on TSN Direct, which is available to authenticated users with a TV service provider. Fans can also subscribe to TSN Direct without a provider.