Giorgio Chiellini marshals the defence, Chelsea team-mates Mason Mount and Jorginho run the midfield and Harry Kane leads the line… but who else makes England vs Italy’s combined XI ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley?
- England face Italy in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley, with kick-off at 8pm
- The Three Lions have made it to a major final for the first time in 55 years
- But Roberto Mancini’s Italy side are out to shatter English hearts at Wembley
- Sportsmail has put together a combined XI ahead of the showpiece final
- England vs Italy LIVE: Follow the latest updates and early team news here
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
England are gearing up for their first major final in 55 years when they take on Italy in the climax of Euro 2020 at Wembley later this evening.
Gareth Southagte’s men have conceded just one goal all tournament, that coming in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Denmark.
Italy, meanwhile, won every game on the way to their semi-final against Spain, where they came out on top on penalties.
Sportsmail has taken a look at both nations and picked out a combined XI with ahead of the huge showdown in the capital…
England will feature in a major final for the first time in 55 years when they face Italy tonight
Italy have had a brilliant tournament and will be hoping to break hearts at Wembley
Tough to leave out Golden Glove winner Jordan Pickford but Italy’s stopper has been the standout goalkeeper of the tournament.
Standing at 6ft 4in, Donnarumma is a truly commanding presence between the sticks.
The 22-year-old has that aura of needing something special to beat him and you just knew he was going to save at least a couple in Tuesday’s shootout.
It’s easy to see why he is about to get paid the big bucks at PSG.
Gianluigi Donnarumma has been the standout goalkeeper of the tournament so far
LEFT BACK – LUKE SHAW
Leonardo Spinazzola would have been hard to ignore before his devastating injury but Luke Shaw fully deserves his place in this XI.
Solid in defence and effective going forward, the Manchester United man has maintained the fine form he demonstrated during his club campaign.
Three assists to his name and a member of a back four that has conceded just one goal all summer. There’s not much more that needs to be said.
Luke Shaw has solidified his reputation as one of the best left backs in the world
CENTRE BACK – HARRY MAGUIRE
The doubters from the early stages of his United career have certainly gone silent.
Fit again, Maguire is England’s best defender by a comfortable margin.
Adept at hoisting forward long balls, and equally as comfortable bringing out possession from the back, the United captain is the heart of England’s defence.
Harry Maguire is England’s best defender and has been fantastic since returning from injury
CENTRE BACK – GIORGIO CHIELLINI
Speaking of heart, it would be hard to argue that any player has more than Italy’s veteran skipper.
An absolute colossus at the back, Chiellini gives the impression that he would literally be willing to die for his every time he steps on the pitch.
The 36-year-old is a true leader and is as experienced as they come. He was simply immense against Spain and Belgium.
Giortgio Chiellini’s experience and leadership make him a commanding presence at the back
RIGHT BACK – KYLE WALKER
Another player who has been crucial to England’s stunning defensive record.
Boasting pace, an attacking threat and fine passing, he has to get into this team.
His tackling and defensive awareness can come into question at times but his pure speed has saved England on more than one occasion.
Kyle Walker’s pace is invaluable and he has has had a brilliant tournament so far for England
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER – JORGINHO
One of the first names on Roberto Mancini’s team sheet and it’s easy to see why.
Referred to as a ”regista”, the Chelsea man is a calming and assured presence at the base of midfield.
His winning penalty against Spain was coolness personified and his performances have even had Italy fans campaigning for him to win the Ballon d’Or following his Champions League triumph with Chelsea too.
Jorginho helps Italy control games in midfield and is one of the first names on the team sheet
CENTRAL MIDFIELDER – MARCO VERRATTI
One of the best midfielders in the world on his day.
Mancini’s main man for creativity, Verratti’s dribbling and acute ability to progress the ball forward from tight spaces have seen him provide two assists from his four tournament appearances.
He’s certainly in contention for player of the tournament.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is one of the best midfielders in the world
ATTACKING MIDFIELDER – MASON MOUNT
It says a lot about just how much Gareth Southgate rates him when attacking midfielders of the calibre of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish can’t put his place in the side under any threat.
A key part of Chelsea’s Champions League winning side, Mount has showed no signs of fatigue.
Energy and dynamism are the words that spring to mind. A lock to start at Wembley.
Midfielder Mason Mount has continued his fine club form with his country this summer
LEFT WINGER – RAHEEM STERLING
Jack Grealish may be the nation’s sweetheart but Raheem Sterling has defied his doubters brilliantly to take up the mantle on the left wing.
The news he would start the opener against Croatia was met by a sigh by some but he scored the winner that day and hasn’t looked back.
He’s been the undisputed star man for the Three Lions and looks better and better with every game.
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has been England’s star man at the tournament
RIGHT WINGER – FEDERICO CHIESA
Having impressed for Juventus last season, Chiesa is now starting to get more widespread recognition.
Fast and direct, he makes things happen, as was evident against Spain and Austria with two fantastic strikes.
England’s defence will have to be on guard to stop Chiesa from making the difference for the Azzurri.
Federico Chiesa has shone for the Italians during the knockout stages of the tournament
STRIKER – HARRY KANE
The early tournament struggles are well behind him now.
Four goals in the knockout stages for England’s captain, who remains one of the very best strikers in the world.
This was an easy choice.
Harry Kane started the tournament slowly but has come to life in the knockout stages
Sportsmail’s final team is above, in a 4-2-1-3 set-up, ahead of the huge game at Wembley
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