All roads lead to Wembley Stadium the venue for the Euro 2020 grande finale between Italy and England.
The Three Lions topped the Group D table with wins over Croatia and the Czech Republic, and pulling a draw with Scotland.
Then they progressed to the last 16 where they defeated old rivals, Germany for the first time in a competitive match spanning almost 20 years.
Next on the slaughter slab was Ukraine, which they over-ran at the quarter-final stage.
The Lions saw themselves through to the finals of the tournament for the first time since 1996 after beating Denmark in the last four with an extra-time goal from Harry Kane.
This is the first England final in the history of the continental competition since their 1966 FIFA World Cup victory in the old Wembley Stadium.
England has lost five semi-finals of major tournaments: EURO ’68 and ’96, 1990 and 2018 World Cup, and 2019 UEFA Nations League.
Roberto Mancini’s side was enchanted early on in the tournament beating Turkey, Switzerland, and Wales to top Group A.
They then survived extra-time against Austria in the first knockout round before knocking out world number one ranked Belgium in the quarter-finals.
Spain was then sent packing in the semi-final but only after extra-time and penalties with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho dispatching the winning kick in the shootout.
Italy’s- last success was the 2006 World Cup, but they have not won the European Championship since 1968 – two years after England’s only success on the men’s international stage in history.
For Italy, the stage is a familiar one. The Azzurris (The Blues) have played in seven finals at major tournaments since England’s last one in 1966, although Gareth Southgate’s side may be in unfamiliar territory compared to its opponent, it will be buoyed by the advantage of a home crowd at Wembley in the showpiece.
Team list of both countries:
ITALY: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Emerson Palmieri, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Giovanni Di Lorenzo; Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli, Nicolo Barella; Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile
ENGLAND: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Luke Shaw; Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips; Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane
Italy has won 11 games out of a total of 30 matches played between the two sides, while England has managed to emerge victorious on eight occasions.
Their previous meeting in 2018 at Wembley ended in a 1-1 draw after Italy’s Lorenzo Insigne scored a late equalizer after Jamie Vardy put the host ahead.
According to the media influencer cum soccer analyst, John Samson Egbo, Italy and England are the two best teams in this continental competition, so they deserve the spot in the finals of the competition.
John said the duo teams both faced major tests and had a tough battle in the semi-finals to find themselves in the finals.
This is what he said when he was asked about the outcome of the match between Italy and England
This game is going to be a tough one because both teams have everything needed to win the trophy, England’s chances are high because of the home advantage and fans’ support but for the Blues, it’s not new to them and they are no respecter of any home advantage influence. So the game will end 2-1 in favour of Italy.”