It’s been 55 long years that England have had to wait since being in the final of a major tournament but fans can finally dream after the side made its first ever European Championship decider.
A win over Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 put England the closest it’s been silverware since winning the 1966 World Cup.
But standing in the way is Italy, who haven’t lost on the international stage in 33 matches — knocking up 14 straight wins on their way to the final as the side looks to win its second European Championship and first since 1968.
The Queen sent a letter to coach Gareth Southgate praising the side for its “spirit, commitment and pride”, and wishing it well against Italy.
Some eagle-eyed fans — you’d expect with tongue planted firmly in cheek — highlighted a selection of characters to imply even the head of the royal family thinks it’s coming home.
One Twitter user managed to find the footie anthem “It’s Coming Home” within her letter, written on Windsor Castle-headed paper.
Shortly after the message was released, he shared a picture of it with the relevant letters of the alphabet circled in red – spelling out the song.
When is the Euro 2020 Final?
The Euro 2020 Final will kick off on Monday July 12 at 5am Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
How can I watch?
Optus Sport holds the rights to the Euro 2020 Championship and the final will be live — and free — for everyone, even without a subscription.
To watch, you need to download the Optus Sport app to your device via the Apple Store or Google Play Store, or visit the Optus Sport website to watch the matches via desktop or browser.
England and Italy have met 27 times in international football, with the first time in 1933.
But recently they haven’t played much, with the last game in 2018 and the last two games — both international friendlies — ending in 1-all draws.
Italy have won 11 of the clashes over the years, England eight, while there have been eight draws.
The good — or bad thing if you’re team ends up on the losing side — is that there will be a winner in this clash to decide who lifts the silverware.
Path to the final
— 1-0 win over Croatia
— 0-0 draw with Scotland
— 1-0 win over Czech Republic
Round of 16 — 2-0 win over Germany
Quarterfinals — 4-0 win over Ukraine
Semi-finals — 2-1 extra-time win over Denmark
— 3-0 win over Turkey
— 3-0 win over Switzerland
— 1-0 win over Wales
Round of 16 — 2-1 extra-time win over Austria
Quarterfinals — 2-1 win over Belgium
Semi-finals — 1-all (4-2 on penalties) win over Spain
Originally published as How to watch the Euro 2020 final