Italy vs England UEFA Euro Live Football Score 11 Jul 2021
ABOUT THE MATCH
Italy is going head to head with England starting on 11 Jul 2021 at 19:00 UTC at Wembley Stadium stadium, London city, England. The match is a part of the European Championship, Knockout stage.
Italy are unbeaten in their last 33 matches in all competitions, their longest unbeaten stretch of matches in the nation’s history; England have won 15 of their last 17 matches at Wembley; follow in our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms
It’s longer than the lifetime of many of the supporters who were inside Wembley or watching on from afar on Wednesday night. It makes up the majority of the lifetime of plenty more who witnessed Gareth Southgate’s side carve out a moment of English football history.
It’s a timeline which stretches back over early childhood memories. Vague recollections of white shirts on TV screens during distant summers, when something important was taking place but, whatever it was, disappointment was the final feeling.
As the years moved on, the context became clearer – but that deflation repeatedly returned. The excitement, the belief was always crushed by the blows of defeat. The realisation it wasn’t going to be this time. The lump in the throat. The tears.
How harsh those losses felt when you were young. So in love with the game, so certain of your heroes – and so unprepared for what awaited them.
For different fans the let-downs will be more keenly felt in different eras but from Mexico to Italy, Belgium to Ukraine, Japan to Brazil, England and their supporters have travelled the world in search of success and only found heartache.
Whether you’ve been in for the whole stretch or just done relatively little time, we’ve all been trapped in the prison of pain that has been supporting England. The inescapable disappointment. ‘All those oh-so-nears/wear you down/through the years’.
But after all those years of hurt, Gareth Southgate’s young side have begun to unpick the lock.
Undimmed and undeterred by the failings of their predecessors, they’ve cast off the shackles of the past. A penalty shoot-out win over Colombia. A first knockout match victory over Germany since 1966. And now a first major tournament final since the other one.
Wembley roared with freedom when Harry Kane followed up his penalty to smash England past Denmark and into Sunday’s showdown with Italy.