LONDON (AP) — All of the years of damage, England followers sing about it. All that sense of entitlement, rival followers are irritated by it.
After a long time of embarrassment and moaning at tournaments, the English have an opportunity to lastly again up the bravado — simply take heed to the group anthem, “Soccer’s Coming House” — with a trophy.
The nation that lays declare to being the inventor of soccer, however is extra fittingly one of many sport’s nice underachievers, is again in a last — towards Italy within the European Championships.
The groups will meet Sunday evening at Wembley Stadium in London the place England shall be going for its first main title since profitable the 1966 World Cup on their house subject. The Italians are unbeaten in 33 video games.
It’s been 55 agonizing years for England by way of 26 World Cups and European Championship tournaments, seven of which they didn’t even qualify for.
Even much less illustrious nationwide groups like Denmark and Greece have gained trophies since then. However England grew to become all about falling brief on a world stage it felt it ought to dominate.
Beating Denmark on Wednesday broke by way of the semifinal impediment not less than within the Euros, prevailing 2-1 in additional time and avoiding the penalty shootouts which have proved to be the group’s nemesis by way of all these near-misses.