England are one win away from a first major trophy since 1966 but standing in the way of the Three Lions and European glory is a revitalised and vibrant Italy.
While Gareth Southgate’s side enjoyed a successful run in the 2018 World Cup, narrowly losing to Croatia in the semi-finals, this is Italy’s first appearance in a major tournament since the 2016 European Championship.
The World Cup in Russia was the first time Italy had not qualified for a major tournament in 60 years but, since Roberto Mancini took over in 2018, they have gone 33 matches unbeaten and are in the 2020 Euro final.
Here is everything you need to know about key figures in this Italy side.
Italy: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (captain), Emerson Palmieri; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne
England: Jordan Pickford; Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier; Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Mason Mount; Harry Kane (captain), Raheem Sterling
Italy have won 28, drawn eight and lost only two under the former Man City boss, while also breaking their own international record of going 19 hours without conceding before Austria scored against them in the last 16.
Italian football has traditionally been associated with miserly defending and a reluctance to play expansively, even when a game is won. Until this summer, Italy had never scored more than two goals in a European Championship match, despite winning the competition once and twice finishing as runners-up.
In this tournament, however, adopting Manini’s new adventurous style of play they won their first two games 3-0 against Turkey and Switzerland blowing both teams away with vibrant performances full of attacking intent.
You never have to look too far though for signs of that old Italian art of defending to be in evidence.
Chiesa becomes timeless
Federico and Enrico Chiesa have become the first father and son to score in the European Championship, but where Enrico’s Italy did not get out of the group stage of the 1996 Euros, Federico is looking to go all the way to glory.
At 23, Juventus’ Chiesa has emerged as a nation’s favourite, scoring two goals this tournament so far including a superb curler against Spain in the semi-final, already half of his father’s international goal tally.
Gareth Southgate is more than familiar with Chiesa senior – after clashing with him in Italy’s goalless draw with England in Rome in 1997, which secured World Cup qualification for the Three Lions.
This time around Southgate will have to watch from the touchline unable to make that thunderous tackle that upset Enrico so much and hope that Chiesa doesn’t score against his England on Sunday.