The Punch

Chiellini wary of England quality

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italy captain Giorgio Chiellini believes england’s bench could have themselves reached the final of euro 2020.

Gareth southgate’s side face roberto Mancini’s italy at Wembley in the final on Sunday in what is England’s first major tournament final in 55 years.

italy’s captain Chiellini suggests the pressure is on England in the final as he heaped praise on the strength of depth within the three Lions’ squad, even going so far as to say that southgate’s second string could have reached the final of the tournament.

england have had the luxury of having exciting talent such as Phil Foden, Jadon sancho, Bukayo saka and Jack Grealish among their options from the bench throughout the tournament.

“Kane and sterling aren’t that young, they are no spring chickens. Foden, saka and sancho, that’s different,” Chiellini said.

“i need to limit their attributes, it also depends on who plays. Kane and sterling are different, the others have their own qualities.

“england’s bench could have made it to the final themselves because they have extraordin­ary players.

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