Euro 2020 final: ITV schedules The Italian Job before England vs Italy

Michael Caine in The Italian Job 1969

The Italian Job ends with Caine in a precarious position (Picture: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Excitement is rife for the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, the first time that England’s men’s national football team has reached a final of a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

The likes of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane will face Italy for the highly-anticipated showdown at Wembley, after beating Denmark 2-1 in Wednesday’s semi-final.

However, ITV may be tempting fate with its TV schedule ahead of the match, having decided to play the original 1969 version of The Italian Job just before the match.

From 3.55pm until 6pm, TV viewers will be able to tune into ITV to watch Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill and the rest of their crew carry out a heist in an effort to steal $4million in gold in Turin, Italy.

Anyone familiar with the film will remember the huge cliffhanger that it ends on, with the heist team left dangling over a cliff in their bus, their gold slipping away before their very eyes.

‘Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea,’ Caine’s Charlie Croker says, as the camera transitions to an exterior view of the teetering vehicle before the film ends.

Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson celebrate England's victory over Denmark

Only Italy stands in England’s way of Euro 2020 victory (Picture: Shaun Botterill – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

England fans across the nation will definitely not want the Euro 2020 final to reflect The Italian Job’s literal cliffhanger.

We’re not sure we can take the tension of another 30 minutes extra time after the initial 90-minute match, let alone a penalty shootout.

Several football fans voiced how ironic they found ITV’s choice of scheduling.

‘ITV does realise how The Italian Job ended, right?’ one person tweeted.

‘The Italian Job fails. It ends in failure. Glorious failure,’ another said.

Despite the uncertain ending of The Italian Job, a few years ago, Caine explained how he thought the ending played out off-screen.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, the 88-year-old actor said: ‘What happened was, we were in the south of France.

‘We switched on the engine, ran it for several hours. The gold was at one end and we were at the other. The engine ran out of petrol so the balance went alright.’

In Caine’s head, the crew then got out of the bus, with the weight of the gold causing the vehicle to be pushed over the edge of the cliff.

‘Waiting at the bottom of the cliff was the French mafia, and they ran off with it and the sequel was, we chased the French mafia through the Riviera,’ he added. Sounds like a great sequel to us!

The Euro 2020 final kicks off at 8pm on Sunday July 11 on ITV and BBC One.

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