England captain Harry Kane expects Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy to go down to the wire because the teams are so evenly matched.
England and Italy head into the Wembley showdown as the tournament’s two stand-out sides.
Four-time world champions Italy, who last won the Euro in 1968, made a flying start as they tore through their group before battling past Austria, Belgium and Spain to reach the final.
England initially found it harder to hit top gear as they scored just twice while winning their group, but Gareth Southgate’s men were dominant in knockout stage victories against Germany, Ukraine and Denmark.
Kane believes either team would be fitting champions, but he is confident England have enough quality to win the European Championship for the first time.
“It’s a real 50-50 game I think. Of course Italy have a better history than us in terms of winning tournaments, but a lot of us in our team now have had experience at club level of playing in the biggest games, the biggest finals,” Kane told reporters on Friday.
“It’s a real tough game. From our point of view we have full belief in what we have been doing and how we have been setting up, and of course we believe we can win the game.