EURO 2020: England set to transform for Italy

Reports are growing that England will transform their side to three at the back – realistically a five-man defence – to counter Italy in the UEFA EURO 2020 Final.

It kicks off at Wembley Stadium at 20.00 UK time.

The trophy will be decided after 90 minutes, extra time or even penalties.

You can follow the build-up to the big game here.

There seem to be relatively few doubts around the Italy line-up, as for the first time in the tournament, Roberto Mancini will pick the same XI for two games in a row.

That is largely due to injuries ruling out Lorenzo Spinazzola, who will be in the stands on crutches after Achilles tendon surgery, and Alessandro Florenzi still not fully fit.

Federico Chiesa’s sparkling form earns him the nod ahead of Domenico Berardi, while Ciro Immobile won’t be dropped now for Andrea Belotti.

However, while Italy are determined to stick with the identity that got them to the Final, Gareth Southgate is seemingly going to ring big changes.

There are increasing reports from the England camp that he will scrap the 4-3-3 system and move to three at the back, something he already did in the Round of 16 against Germany.

That would be to all intents and purposes a five-man defence, with Kieran Trippier sending the far more attacking options of Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho to the bench.

Jordan Henderson could also come in after four consecutive matches outside the starting XI, perhaps chosen in place of Mason Mount for an even bulkier midfield, or instead of either Declan Rice or Kalvin Phillips.

Phil Foden is nursing a foot injury and might not even be on the bench, but Southgate will resist the pressure to bring Jack Grealish into the XI.

Probable line-ups

Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

England: Pickford; Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice; Sterling, Kane, Mount