how Italy and England have changed since Euro 2020

Euro 2020 became Euro 2021. “It’s coming home“that turns into”It’s coming Rome“, the sky of London that is tinged with blue and the carousels until morning for the unexpected victory of the European Championship by Italy, in the home of the English.

It seems more than a year and a few months have passed since that extraordinary tournament and that magnificent night. Italy, from outsider for the final victory, he appeared as one of the most solid national teams on the European scene, with clear game ideas and a team group that made the difference; England as the eternal defeat of a tournament lost at home, in front of their fans, with the favor of predictions.

Italy Euro 2020 Victory Parade

Not much time has passed, but things have changed. Italy will not participate in Qatar 2022, England yes, yes and will still appear among the favorite teams. From Wembley to San Siro because tonight Italy-England of the Nations League will be played, with the National team Three Lions last in the group and forced to win to avoid the relegationand that of Mancini penultimate with three points ahead, but a situation that is anything but rosy.

The climate around the Azzurri has changed. Many will miss the appeal because they are unavailable following ailments remedied during the first tour de force of September; others stayed at home because of Mancini’s will and what we will see this evening will almost certainly be an experimental formation.

But let’s go back to the sweet memories of a summer ago. What were the formations of the European Final played at Wembley?

ITALY (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Church, Building, Insigne. Annex Mancini

Italy v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Final

ENGLAND (3-4-2-1): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Phillips, Rice, Shaw; Mount, Sterling; Kane. Annex Southgate

Mancini and Southgate are still firmly in command of their respective teams, but in a very different scenario. What are the probable formations today?

ITALY, Probable XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Bastoni, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Cristante; Gabbiadini, Scamacca, Raspadori. Annex Mancini

Giacomo Raspadori, Gianluca Scamacca, Wilfried Gnonto, Vincenzo Grifo

ENGLAND, Probable XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; James, Tomori, Maguire, Trippier; Rice, Bellingham; Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane. Annex Southgate

Ben Chilwell, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James

Tonali, Pellegrini, Verratti and Ciro Immobile out due to injury, Insigne in MLS, Spinazzola still far from the best form, Chiesa on the road to recovery, Berardi also, Zaniolo and Zaccagni left at home. Italy is changing, we do not know if it is in a better or a worse form of itself, but what it seems is that at the moment it is much weaker than in 2021.

Hoping to be proven wrong on the evening of San Siro, the continuous turnover of players due to injury and the line of call-ups that Roberto Mancini is following leaves a little perplexed about the meaning of the competition and today’s match. England instead will field one of the best possible formations.

The poles defended by Ramsdale, leaders with Arsenal and a defensive quartet made up of Tomori and Maguire in the center with many alternatives on the flanks: James or Arnold, Trippier or Shaw. If Southgate confirms the defensive line at 4, in the center of the field there will most likely be Rice and Bellingham, with Mount, Sterling and Saka supporting Harry Kane, in a completely London attacking department.

In addition to the interpreters, the situation of Italy and England is completely opposite. The Azzurri are in a dead phase of their commitment to the national teams; the group stage of the Nations League is commonly “snubbed” by the fan and the environment around the Italian selection, given the many defections, is not hot. For the British, on the other hand, it is the dress rehearsals in view of Qatar 2022; in addition to avoiding a sensational relegation to League B, the players will have to convince Southgate and their fans that they deserve to be called up for the World Cup, and tonight’s is one of the few games left to do so.

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