Italian media have added to tensions ahead of the Euro 2020 final against England on Sunday by undermining the side’s win over Denmark.
The Three Lions edged Denmark to a victory at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night, coming back from a goal down to reach their first final in 55 years.
Gareth Southgate’s men conceded from a free-kick until a Danish own goal levelled the score, taking the game to extra-time before Raheem Sterling won the penalty leading up to captain Harry Kane’s winner.
But some, including the Italian media, have questioned whether the penalty should have been given in the first place and used it to undermine England’s credentials.
Popular Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport criticised England by making a gag about the Italian for custard pudding which also translates to ‘English bore’.
Southgate’s side have been criticised by foreign media throughout the tournament for their defensive style which has led to only one goal conceded until now, in comparison to Italy’s fast-paced encounter with Spain on Tuesday.
The paper followed up the headline by saying: ‘Southgate needs the help of the referee to reach the final against Italy.’
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Renowned beIn Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri similarly launched an attack on England and Sterling by tweeting ‘It’s diving home’, referencing the famous Three Lions song and suggesting the Manchester City went down easily after contact.
Meanwhile, another major Italian paper, Gazzetto dello Sport stated that Denmark ‘frightened’ England.
This follows several Italian fans who have been pictured recently making jibes at England, for example by holding signs which read: ‘It’s coming Rome.’
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Italy will be confident due to their experience in finals over the years, the most recent ones being the Euro 2012 final where they lost 4-0 to Spain and the World Cup win in 2006.
But England will effectively be playing the final at home in front of a raucous Wembley crowd, spurred on by their first real chance at a trophy since the 1966 World Cup.
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