Italy fans take a selfie on Saturday outside the Wembley stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final. Reuters
Gulf Today Report
England will look to end their 55-year major title drought with a victory over Italy in their Euro final match at Wembley on Sunday.
It is a chance for Harry Kane and company to get their names etched on the pinnacle of England's sporting history.
England have not won a major title since their triumph in the 1966 world Cup. This is for the first time in their 55 years of footballing history, England have managed to go beyond semis.
Wembley is set to host a large number of fans despite the coronavirus protocol being followed strictly. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, most of the sporting events were being held behind the closed doors sans fans.
England though did not enter the tourney like a perennial makeweight though they were never favourites to win the title, due to their history of stuttering when it mattered the most.
They have had the advantage of playing all their matches in home comfort, knowing the conditions and the turf better than their opponents with a swarm of fans backing them with a Sweet Caroline song, which has swept the euphoric fans since their victory over Denmark in the semi-finals.
National pride will be at stake along with hopes of millions of fans who have been harbouring the one and only dream for almost a fortnight.
They have been revelling in the joy of the semi-final triumph, which left them grinning secretly like a lover, who often thrives on the moments spent with his beloved.
Gareth Southgate and Kane will be under enormous pressure to live up to the expectations of their fans, ranging from a forlorn and unknown football lover, living in the wilderness in some county, to the elite of the Buckingham Palace, with Queen also joining the long list of well-wishers.
The whole world is waiting impatiently to see the outcome of the most awaited Euro final ever perhaps.
However, England's hopes have suffered a setback with Phil Foden being doubtful for the electrifying encounter. On their way to the Euro glory, Italy stands tall.
England have never beaten Italy in a major tourney. Italy defeated them in a penalty shoot-out in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. They also prevailed over them in the group stages of the 2014 showpiece event.
Italy inflicted more penalty heartache on England to win Sunday's Euro 2020 final 3-2 in a shoot-out, Saka missing the decisive kick to deny victory to the hosts after the game at Wembley had ended in a draining 1-1 draw through extra time.
It was inevitable. This is England. We knew that, whatever happened on the pitch, some fans would shame us all. And so it proved to be. There was fighting throughout the day; a large crowd breached security and stormed into
England and Portugal both scored five goals while France scored three as they overcame lowly-ranked Kosovo, Andorra and Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.
A dominant England has swept New Zealand 3-0 in the Test series with an aggressive seven-wicket victory in the third and final Test match on Monday.
Yamashita is one of three women picked by FIFA to be referees at the men's World Cup in Qatar, which opens on Nov.21. It's the first time a woman will be in charge on soccer's largest stage.
Djokovic has extra motivation this year as Wimbledon will be his last Slam of 2022. His continued refusal to get vaccinated means he will remain banned from entering the United States for the US Open later this summer.
Umran was handed a maiden call-up for the five-match T20 series against S.Africa at home, but the pacer did not get a chance. However, Umran is also part of the Hardik Pandya-led Indian team which is set to play two T20Is in Ireland.