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Leonardo Bonucci revels Italy used ‘football’s coming home’ as extra motivation to beat England

Leonardo Bonucci

Bonucci played a vital role for Italy on Sunday evening (Picture: Getty)

Leonardo Bonucci says Italy took extra motivation to win Euro 2020 from England fans insisting football was coming home.

England suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Italy on penalties on Sunday with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missing from 12 yards.

Bonucci enjoyed a sublime evening at Wembley, cancelling out Luke Shaw’s early opener, defending resolutely and then converting his own spot kick during the shoot out that the Azzurri won 3-2.

The Lightning Seeds’ ‘Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)’ had once again been the backdrop for England’s campaign with the anthem blaring throughout the competition up and down the country.

Italian fans had come up with their answer to the England anthem in the days leading up to Sunday’s final with Bonucci screaming ‘It’s coming to Rome, it’s coming to Rome’ after the final whistle.

Italy v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Final

Italy fans had the last laugh (Picture: Getty)

And asked whether the song has given Italy more motivation to silence England, Bonucci told a press conference: ‘Absolutely.

‘We had heard it day in, day out since the Denmark game that football would be coming home to London.

‘Sorry for them, but sorry the cup will be taking a nice flight, winging its way to Rome and that way Italians all over the world can savour this competition.

‘Italians all over the world, it’s for them, it’s for us. We said since day one we believed we could do it.

‘It’s only right that Italians celebrate in all four corners of the globe tonight.’


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