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SOUTHGATE URGES ENGLAND TO STAY FOCUSED AHEAD EURO 2020 FINAL

England conquered Denmark scare in their historic Euro 2020 campaign victory in the semi-final to set up a showdown against Italy in Sunday’s final.

England reached their first final in 55 years through a penalty rebound that Harry Kane converted to a much needed goal in the extra time, sealed 2-1 victory at Wembley. Gareth Southgate has now urged his players to focus on the massive hurdle ahead as they aim to make history.

“We’ve got to enjoy the fact we’re in the final but there’s one more massive hurdle to conquer.

“Italy are very good side. I’ve thought that the last couple of years. They are in outstanding form and have defensive warriors who have been through everything.

The Roberto Mancini side on their part got the Spaniard team to their wallet with the victory in the semi-final having gone ahead with a goal through Chiesa in the 60 minute before Morata got an equaliser before the twilight of the game in the 80 minute. The Italian with their solid rock defense survived the offensive and attractive football displayed by the Spaniard all through the extra time before the game went into penalty shootout. The Azzuris kept up their tenacity, winning the game 4-2 on penalties.

With Italy undefeated in their last 33 games and one of the most impressive teams in the tournament.  England coach Gareth Southgate sees the massive game ahead in the final as one to look forward to, 

“It’s great game to look forward to. Finals are there to be won.

“We’ll regroup and prepare properly. We need to recover, it’s taken a lot physically and mentally.”

Meanwhile, the England manager has challenged his players to finish the “massive hurdle” in style praising his players for cooperation, togetherness, especially their teammates not in the team for their support as they deserve the success so far.

However, he caution they have one more step, “We have one more step against a fantastic team who are unbeaten in however many matches.

Sunday’s final will be England’s first European Championship showpiece against an Italian side that last won the tournament in 1968, while England contest the title match of a major tournament since beating Germany in the 1966 World Cup final.

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