England vs Italy: Metronome Jorginho, Federico Chiesa and defensive masters - the biggest threats to Three Lions in Euros final

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England think football is coming home — but Italy have other ideas. 

Roberto Mancini’s side are unbeaten for a staggering 33 matches and believe, instead, that football’s ‘coming Rome’. 

They have the weapons at their disposal to ensure that could be the case come Sunday night…

Dangerous wingers

This is a strong Italy squad, and their greatest strength in depth is in attacking positions out wide. 

Federico Chiesa was not even starting when the tournament begun, but now he is key cog in the front-three. 

That underlines how Italy have plenty of options, with Domenico Berardi and Matteo Pessina useful weapons off the bench. 

Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne should start on Sunday and both will require close attention by England. 

The pair are able to cut inside and cause problems, with striker Ciro Immobile’s movement providing space for them to operate in.

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Heartbeat Jorginho

The midfielder has sometimes struggled during his time at Chelsea, but he has established himself as the heartbeat of this Italy team.

Jorginho’s work often goes unnoticed, partly because he is doing the dirty stuff, but his value cannot be underestimated. 

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He is a vital screen for Italy in front of their defence, breaking up play and starting attacks with simple passes. 

“He’s a refined player, one that not everybody can understand,” said former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri in a recent interview with Sportitalia. “You need to put your eyes on him and only watch him during a match.”

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Defensive rocks

Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci may be getting on a bit in terms of age, but they are showing at Euro 2020 that there is life in the old dogs yet. 

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku can attest to that, and England would be wise to follow Spain’s lead. 

Rather than deploying a striker to get into an arm wrestle with Bonucci, 34, and 36-year-old Chiellini, Dani Olmo played as a false nine. 

He operated in the space away from Italy’s centre-backs and Harry Kane should consider doing the same. 

It is something he does very well for Tottenham, dropping deep and playing in Heung-Min Son, and a similar tactic would be wise on Sunday.

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Dominant Donnarumma

After being Italy’s hero in the semi-final penalty shootout win over Spain on Tuesday night, Gianluigi Donnarumma’s confidence is understandably sky high. 

The goalkeeper is only 22, but he already has 32 caps and more than 200 Serie A appearances to his name. 

Donnarumma has been tipped for the top since he was a teenager and now he is showing why. 

Only Jordan Pickford has kept more clean sheets than him at Euro 2020. 

“The goalkeepers before me made history in blue, I will do my best to try to beat them,” said Donnarumma after Italy’s triumphant march to the final.

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