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Italy vs England: How did the EURO 2020 finalists fare a year later?

We take a look at how Italy and England have fared since the memorable EURO 2020 final.

After what has been a rather difficult Nations League season for England so far, Gareth Southgate will lead the country tonight against Italy.

While everyone will be focused on the first group stage win, there is no doubt that many will cast their eyes back to the last time the two countries met almost a year ago – the UEFA 2020 final.

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The Three Lions have not played a competitive game against Italy since the 2-1 defeat at the 2014 World Cup, but have not been able to take revenge at Wembley.

Despite an early goal from Luke Shaw, Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the second half before Roberto Mancini’s side lifted the trophy after a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

The pain of losing the final is certainly still there for many players and fans, but there were plenty of footballers who demanded England’s full attention last year – while Italy’s celebrations couldn’t last forever.

England

England returned to winning ways after losing to Italy, scoring eight goals and conceding none in their two subsequent World Cup qualifiers last September.

In fact, the Three Lions have won seven of their eleven games since the end of the Euro tournament (U3 N1).

Southgate’s side stormed through World Cup qualifying and their place in the Qatar tournament was confirmed when they beat San Marino 10-0 in November.

Meanwhile, England have made debuts for a number of youngsters including Tyrick Mitchell, Kyle Walker-Peters and Emile Smith Rowe.

Harry Kane also celebrated great success, scoring his 50th international goal and becoming the second-best English goalscorer in history.

Italy

Italy struggled for form after their European Championship victory and only won one of the following six World Cup qualifiers (U4 L1).

Italy’s poor performances saw them finish second in their group and forced them into the World Cup play-offs – but were shocked when they lost to North Macedonia.

Italy failed again at the World Cup, most recently in 2014.

Of course, their defeat by North Macedonia wasn’t much of a wake-up call either, as they have since been beaten by Argentina in the UEFA Champion’s Cup before following up with a draw and win over Germany and Hungary in the Nations League.

Italy’s starting line-up will look very different from when they defeated England, as only Gianluigi Donnarumma and Nico Barella featured in their last game.

While Mancini’s side still have the Euro 2020 silverware hanging over the heads of the Three Lions, it would probably be best if they remain silent tonight, considering they failed to beat a team in 62nd place, to achieve their first world championship in six years.

Like England, Italy have also earned a string of debutants, including 30-year-old Joao Pedro and Inter Milan’s Andrea Pinamonti.

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