An England Win or will their Hopes Dive on Sunday?

Can anyone actually remember when Euro 2020 began? It seems an age ago but on Sunday 11 July, it’s the final as England take on Italy at Wembley. Fans all over England will be hoping their side can lift the trophy. Pensioners will be remembering when England last won something. Time to look forward to the final with some betting odds thrown in for good measure.

England are fourth in the FIFA world rankings and five of the others in the top seven are from Europe. Not one of those five countries have England had to face until this final, when they take on world number seven Italy. Can England move up a gear and beat the Italians or will their hopes of becoming European champions take a dive.

We can already guess what the rest of Europe will say if England do win Euro 2020. “Well, you did play all but one of your games at home didn’t you?” It’d be great to see England win but critics will say after the 1966 World Cup win, that’s two wins and just one away game.

Let’s dive right into the facts now. England are unbeaten in their last 12 internationals. All played in England aside from the last eight win over a disappointing Ukraine side that had already lost twice in the tournament.

Only a Danish free-kick has been scored against England in their last eight games. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been in good form, excellent at diving and saving shots. England are 6/4 at Paddy Power to not concede in 90 minutes.

England have scored in all of their last 12 games, apart from the disappointing goalless draw with Scotland. Over 90 minutes, all but one of their last eight games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. That’s a stat that could well come up in this final. The odds of it happening are 9/20 at 888sport.

Italy will be the toughest opposition that England have faced at Euro 2020. Kane and Sterling will need to be in top form to get past the tight Italian defence. Will Kane get a knighthood if England win? If he does, shouldn’t Sir Geoff Hurst ask why it took 32 years for him to be given one? Bobby Moore didn’t get one at all.

England are 17/10 at William Hill to win this match in 90 minutes with Kane at odds of 19/10 with the same bookie to score in 90 minutes. The odds on England lifting the trophy are 8/11 at Betfair. Lots of betting with hearts reducing that price of course.

Will there be a penalty awarded in 90 minutes? It’s 5/2 at Unibet that happens, a sterling effort is guaranteed perhaps to see that be a winner, so dive in now. England are 20/1 at Bet365 to miss a penalty in this match.

Italy haven’t lost since September 2018 and are unbeaten in 33 games. They have beaten Belgium and Spain, so we know what good form they are in. It’s 1/1 at Paddy Power that they lift the trophy and a rather tempting 2/1 at BetVictor to win in 90 minutes. Their midfield will be a tough proposition for England as will be their defence, even more so if they get the lead.

If England do win Euro 2020, will it be the last time we hear that infernal ‘Three Lions’ song? Do we really want to listen to a song about failure and eternal but unfulfilled hope? An England win should consign that to history and about flipping time. It may get a few more years life though, Italy to win in 90 minutes and under 2.5 goals is 4/1 at Betway. Perhaps DIVE stands for Definitely Italy Vanquish England.

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