Michael Owen thinks England will need extra time to beat Italy and win Euro 2020 at Wembley on Sunday.
The Three Lions have booked their place in a first major international final since 1966 – the year in which they infamously won the World Cup.
Harry Kane’s winner in extra time against Denmark sealed the victory for Gareth Southgate’s side in the semis, following knockout wins over Ukraine and Germany.
England now face an Italy side who are on a 33-match unbeaten run, having got past Belgium and Spain on their way to the Euro 2020 final.
But former England striker Owen is backing the Three Lions to get the job done, with a 2-1 win after extra time.
‘The final of Euro 2020 takes place on Sunday evening and it promises to be a truly momentous occasion,’ Owen told BetVictor.
‘England’s players have conducted themselves magnificently throughout this tournament and there is nothing like a major tournament at home to galvanise the nation.
‘However, as well as England have played so far, they really will need to find another gear if they are to overcome this formidable Italian side who are now unbeaten in 33 games.
‘Now, from a teams point of view, I think that England are going to go with a normal formation of a back four. The only big question mark I’ve got for Gareth Southgate is who plays in that attacking role?
‘Is it going to be Sancho or is it going to be Saka, who Gareth Southgate has turned to on most occasions. I think he’s probably going to go with the same line up as the one he played in the semi-finals against Denmark.
‘From Italy’s point of view, I must admit, I didn’t expect them to reach this stage of the tournament. However, they have been the stand-out team with some unbelievable team performances and they are a real match for this England team.
‘England needed extra-time to get the job done against Denmark in the semi-finals, while Italy were taken to extra time by both Austria and Spain. I can see this being a tense, nervy affair with goals at a premium and I am going for this one to finish 1-1 after 90 mins.
‘However, with another incredible set of fans urging them on, I fancy England to finally claim their first major trophy in 55 years with a winner in what will surely be a nerve-jangling extra time.
‘As with the Danes in the semi-finals, I’m going with 1-1 after 90 minutes and 2-1 to the Three Lions after extra time.’
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