Euro 2020 final: Nigeria coach Rohr predicts winner between England and Italy

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Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is backing England to win the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The German tactician believes Gareth Southgate’s side is a more complete team with a better tactical approach than the Italians.

England are set to play in the final of a major tournament for the first time since 1966 when they won the Fifa World Cup on home soil after defeating West Germany 4-2.

The Three Lions defeated Denmark 2-1 on Wednesday after a tense 120 minutes of football at Wembley while Italy booked their place for Sunday’s showdown after beating Spain 4-2 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw at the end of extra-time.

Rohr, however, criticised England fans for booing Denmark during their national anthem – an issue Uefa is investigating and they have consequently charged the English team.

When asked about the team that will come out victorious on Sunday, the 68-year-old told Nation Sport: “Of course, England is favourite at home. They are a complete team, physically and tactically on the top.

"The fans are a big support, but I regretted their attitude to whistle the opponents, even the national anthem.”

Although he is backing Southgate’s team, the former Bordeaux and Gabon coach said he is anticipating a ‘nice’ encounter at Wembley with respect to both teams’ style of play.

“I think that Italy can be a winning outsider, solid block-playing with fast counter-attacks,” he continued.

“Both teams can play with three or four in the defence. A lot of teams now have a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 organisation, evolution, defending, and attacking together.

“So, a nice final on Sunday. Each ambitious team today should be able to play in different systems, defending and attacking together.”

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England are yet to win the Uefa European Championship and their best finish was in 1968 when they won their third-place match.

Italy, on the other hand, have lifted the coveted European trophy just once, in 1968 when they defeated Yugoslavia 2-0 in Rome.

Portugal are the defending champions while Germany and Spain are the most successful teams in the tournament’s history with three titles each.