Roy Keane has admitted that he is "amazed" by England's previous failures going into the final of Euro 2020.
The Three Lions have the chance to win their first major tournament since the 1966 World Cup as they meet Italy at Wembley.
England have reached three semi-finals in that time, but lost in 2018, 1996 and 1990.
And former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United captain Keane admits that given the quality of the players available, this is a huge achievement for Gareth Southgate's current crop.
Keane said on ITV: “It’s amazing that the great players England have had, they’ve never got to a final. That makes it a bigger achievement for these lads."
Speaking about Southgate's predecessors and those that played under them, Keane suggested that they perhaps were lacking his coolness that has frequently been pointed out during the tournament.
“People like Bryan Robson, Paul Gascoine, Alan Shearer, these boys, Wrighty, Nev," he went on.
“Sometimes you need a bit of luck, maybe they didn’t have that spirit and togetherness. Maybe they didn’t have the calmness of the manager.
“With Gareth talking there, he’s so calm it’s unbelievable. The players have took all of that on board, but the next step is the biggest step for them.
“They’ve got to remember, this game has such a habit of kicking you where it hurts.”
Speaking ahead of the game, Southgate called for discipline in his side.
He told ITV: “It’s an occasion that, every message you read and everybody you see, gets you more excited about.
“But we have to make good decisions on the field, we’ve got to make sure that we play with discipline.
“We’ve also got to make sure we bring our best game, it’s not a day to sit and be safe and worry about making mistakes. We’ve got to be bold.”
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