Italy train for England clash with 1,000 fans set to arrive for Euro final - in pictures

Azzurri look to win European championship for the first time since 1968

Italy had a spring in their step as they trained for their Euro 2020 final against England.

The venue for Sunday's final - Wembley - is expected to be populated mainly by England fans. But there will be some vocal support for Roberto Mancini's team.

Italy's football federation said up to 1,000 fans will be able to travel to London after a deal was struck with British authorities, according to AFP.

Due to strict quarantine requirements for visitors to Britain, supporters from outside the UK have effectively been unable to attend Italy's past two matches at Wembley, in the last 16 and semi-finals.

For the final, "British authorities have guaranteed a maximum of 1,000 people from Italy the possibility of going to London, with a series of requirements to respect" but without quarantining in the UK, the FIGC said in a statement.

Supporters can arrive in London just before kick-off and stay no longer than 12 hours. They have been asked to use direct flights and dedicated transport organised by the FIGC.

Once inside the stadium, the travelling fans will be placed in a specific area to "guarantee the safety bubble", it added.

That is not the only good bit of news for the Italians. Their record in major tournaments against England is commendable. In four meetings at either a World Cup or a European Championship, the Azzurri have won three and advanced via a penalty shootout in the other.

Italy midfielder Marco Verratti believes the final against England will be one for the ages as the Azzurri look to win the tournament for the first time since 1968.

"We want to win. We will face a very, very tough team who want to win. It's a dream for us to win this European Championship," Verratti said.

"There is a lot of enthusiasm around Italy. We weren't given credit abroad but I think Italy are climbing back to where they belong."

Updated: July 9th 2021, 10:05 AM
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