It feels like only yesterday that we sat down to enjoy the first game of Euro 2020, but here we are, 50 games later, with a fitting final. Italy and England will face each other today to see which is crowned champions of Europe — and we can't wait.
England are favorites for the match, with DraftKings rating Gareth Southgate's men at -134 to win, whereas Italy are at +115. But really, this one is too close to call.
Italy were seriously impressive in the group stage, then made hard work of beating Austria and needed extra time to defeat Belgium. The semi-final against Spain was even tougher: that one went to penalties.
England had a more comfortable route to the final, with wins against Germany and Ukraine in the knockout stages before a hard-fought semi-final against Denmark that was decided by a generous penalty decision.
The Azzurri have an experienced squad built around the towering Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci in defense and the tireless Ciro Immobile up front. Leonardo Spinazzola, who was injured against Belgium, is the only absentee, and they've named an unchanged team for today's game.
England coach Gareth Southgate has made one notable change, deciding to revert to a five-man defense as he did against Germany earlier in the tournament. Kieran Trippier comes in at right wing back, with Bukayo Saka dropping back to the bench. Phil Foden was injured in training and isn't among the substitutes.
Here's how they line-up:
Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne.
Subs: Sirigu, Locatelli, Belotti, Berardi, Pessina, Acerbi, Cristante, Bernardeschi, Bastoni, Florenzi, Toloi, Meret.
England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Phillips, Rice, Shaw, Mount, Sterling, Kane.
Subs: Grealish, Henderson, Rashford, Ramsdale, Mings, Coady, Sancho, Calvert-Lewin, Johnstone, James, Saka, Bellingham.
Which team will come out on top today? We'll find out soon, and you can watch it all for free with a Euro 2020 live stream. Here's how to do that.
How to watch Euro 2020 live streams for free
You'll be able to find the Euro 2020 final live stream on free-to-air television in several countries, and that's good news wherever you happen to live.
In the U.K., the Euro 2020 final live stream will be available for free on BBC and ITV, with the two national broadcasters sharing the game.
But what do you do if you're normally in one of those countries, but happen to be abroad right now? The simple solution is to use one of the best VPN services, so you can watch your favorite streaming services wherever you are.
Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN, thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out for the Euros without having to sign up long term.
How to watch Euro 2020 live streams in the US
Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the Euro 2020 final live stream on ESPN. Got that channel as part of a cable package? Then you'll be able to stream games through the ESPN website too.
If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, you have plenty of options, too. Our pick of these would be Sling TV: the Sling Orange package costs just $35 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including ESPN. Plus, right now Sling is offering a 30-day trial for the bargain price of $10.
Fubo.TV is another option. This costs $65 per month but gives you more than 117 channels, including ESPN and lots more for sports fans to enjoy.
If you're a U.K. citizen — with a valid TV licence — who'll be in the U.S. during the tournament, you can watch a Euro 2020 final live stream for free by using a VPN to access BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub from anywhere in the world. ExpressVPN is our favorite right now, partly thanks to its risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
Sling TV offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. The Sling Orange plan comes with 30-plus channels, including ESPN. Sling is currently offering $25 dollars off the first month.
If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front and has dozens of sports channels, including ESPN.
How to watch Euro 2020 live streams with a VPN
If you're not in your home country during July 2021 and are unable to watch a Euro 2020 final live stream from wherever you are, you can still tune in via a virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN makes it appear that you're surfing the web from your home town — meaning that you can access the streaming services you already pay for. It's all totally legal and easy to do.
We've tested many different VPN services and our favorite is ExpressVPN; it offers superb speeds, excellent customer service and a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out first to see if it's right for you. But you've got other VPN options too, so check out our full list of the best VPN services.
Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to the BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub or another website and watch the game.
How to watch Euro 2020 live streams in Canada
If you're in Canada, you can get all the Euro 2020 action on TSN (in English) or TVS Sports (in French), as part of a cable TV package. If you've cut the cord, you can sign up for TSN Direct for $7.99 (CAD) a day or $19.99 per month. Plus, it's open to all: you needn't have TSN as part of an existing pay TV package.
It's the same deal with TVA Sports Direct, though here it costs $19.99 a month without a daily option.
If you live in Canada and already subscribe to TSN or TVA, but aren't at home right now, you can still watch a Euro 2020 live stream by using a quality VPN like ExpressVPN.
How to watch Euro 2020 live streams in the UK
The two broadcasters divided the Euro 2020 games up between them during the tournament, but both channels will broadcast the final.
All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K. and have a valid U.K. TV license, you can still follow every single game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch Euro 2020 live streams in Australia
Aussies can watch the Euro 2020 live streams on Optus Sport, which will show all 51 matches. Optus can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV.
Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Optus account, as if you were back home.
How to watch Euro 2020: TV schedule and results so far
(All times BST)
Group stage: June 11-23
|8 p.m.||Italy 3-0 Turkey||BBC|
|2 p.m.||Wales 1-1 Switzerland||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Denmark 0-1 Finland||BBC|
|8 p.m.||Belgium 3-0 Russia||ITV|
|2 p.m.||England 1-0 Croatia||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Austria 3-1 North Macedonia||ITV|
|8 p.m.||Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine||ITV|
|2 p.m.||Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Poland 1-2 Slovakia||ITV|
|8 p.m.||Spain 0-0 Sweden||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Hungary 0-3 Portugal||ITV|
|8 p.m.||France 1-0 Germany||ITV|
|2 p.m.||Finland 0-1 Russia||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Turkey 0-2 Wales||BBC|
|8 p.m.||Italy 3-0 Switzerland||ITV|
|2 p.m.||Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia||ITV|
|5 p.m.||Denmark 1-2 Belgium||ITV|
|8 p.m.||Netherlands 2-0 Austria||BBC|
|2 p.m.||Sweden 1-0 Slovakia||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Croatia 1-1 Czech Republic||BBC|
|8 p.m.||England 0-0 Scotland||ITV|
|2 p.m.||Hungary 1-1 France||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Portugal 2-4 Germany||ITV|
|8 p.m.||Spain 1-1 Poland||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Italy 1-0 Wales||ITV|
|5 p.m.||Switzerland 3-1 Turkey||ITV|
|5 p.m.||Netherlands 3 - 0 North Macedonia||ITV|
|5 p.m.||Austria 1 - 0 Ukraine||ITV|
|8 p.m.||Belgium 2 - 0 Finland||BBC|
|8 p.m.||Denmark 4 - 1 Russia||BBC|
|8 p.m.||Croatia 3 -1 Scotland||ITV|
|8 p.m.||England 1 - 0 Czech Republic||ITV|
|5 p.m.||Slovakia 0-5 Spain||ITV|
|5 p.m.||Sweden 3-2 Poland||ITV|
|8 p.m.||Germany 2-2 Hungary||BBC|
|8 p.m.||Portugal 2-2 France||BBC|
Round of 16: June 26-29
|5 p.m.||Wales 0-4 Denmark||BBC|
|8 p.m.||Italy 2-1 Austria||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Netherlands 0-2 Czech Republic||ITV|
|8 p.m.||Belgium 1-0 Portugal||ITV|
|5 p.m.||Croatia 3-5 Spain||ITV|
|8 p.m.||France 3-3 Switzerland (4-5 pens)||ITV|
|5 p.m.||England 2-0 Germany||BBC|
|8 p.m.||Sweden 1-2 Ukraine||BBC|
Quarter-finals: July 2-3
|5 p.m.||Switzerland 1-1 Spain (1-3 on pens)||ITV|
|8 p.m.||Belgium 1-2 Italy||BBC|
|5 p.m.||Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark||ITV|
|8 p.m.||Ukraine 0-4 England||BBC|
Semi-finals: July 6-7
|8 p.m.||Italy 1-1 Spain (4-2 on pens)||BBC|
|8 p.m.||England 2-1 Denmark||ITV|
Euro 2020 final: July 11
|8 p.m.||Italy vs England||BBC and ITV|
Euro 2020 groups
Italy qualified top of their group after three excellent victories and without breaking a sweat.
Wales joined them thanks to a good win over Turkey and by being slightly less soundly beaten by Italy than Switzerland were.
The Swiss, with 4 points, went through as one of the best third-place teams.
Belgium, with a squad boasting the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois, sealed their qualification from Group C with one game to go.
Denmark and Finland's game was overshadowed by the terrible collapse of Christian Eriksen, and it's to the Danes' credit that despite losing their first two matches they still qualified thanks to a thumping 4-1 win over Russia.
Finland and Russia can count themselves very unlucky not to qualify, with only goal difference sending them out.
The Netherlands dominated Group C with three very comfortable victories, while Austria did enough to take second without ever really impressing in what was one of the weaker groups. Ukraine just sneaked into the next round as one of the best third-place teams.
|Czech Republic (Q)||3||4||+1|
While England's young team looked impressive at times, they also struggled for consistency and didn't exactly look like potential champions.
Croatia were fairly disappointing in all but their final game, in which a 3-1 victory over Scotland secured second place.
The Czech Republic acquitted themselves well and were deserving of their place in the last 16 as one of the best third-place teams. Scotland go home with only a point and a goal to their name.
Group E should have been a comfortable one for Spain, who have plenty of talent if not quite so many stars as in previous years, but they made hard work of it before finally turning on the style against Slovakia and taking second place.
Sweden are tricky customers and qualified comfortably after taking 7 points from their three games. Slovakia will feel unlucky to have missed out, given that other teams on 3 points did make the next stage, but that 5-0 defeat to Spain really hurt them.
Every tournament has a group of death, and for Euro 2020 it was Group F.
France, the world champions, ultimately topped the group, but can count themselves slightly lucky after disjointed performances against Hungary and Portugal.
With just 10 minutes to go in their final game, Germany were about to crash out of the tournament. But a late goal against Hungary saw them leapfrog both the Hungarians and the Portuguese to take second.
Portugal, the reining European champions, qualified as one of the best third-place teams and are still in with a chance of retaining their title. Poor old Hungary, though, are out despite two brilliant performances against France and Germany.
When and where does Euro 2020 take place?
Euro 2020 is unlike any major football tournament before it in so many ways.
For starters, it's taking place a year later than it should have done — though it may be called Euro 2020, it is of course happening in 2021, due to Covid.
What's more, it's not being hosted in one or at most two countries, but rather in 11 cities spread across the continent. This is nothing to do with Covid, but is instead just a crazy UEFA idea that (so far) seems to be working quite well.
London will host both the final and the two semi-finals, plus various group and last-16 games, with other games taking place in all corners of Europe:
- London, England: Wembley Stadium
- Saint Petersburg, Russia: Saint Petersburg Stadium
- Baku, Azerbaijan: Baku Olympic Stadium
- Munich, Germany: Football Arena Munich
- Rome, Italy: Stadio Olimpico in Rome
- Amsterdam, Netherlands: Johan Cruijff Arena
- Bucharest, Romania: National Arena Bucharest
- Budapest, Hungary: Puskás Aréna
- Copenhagen, Denmark: Parken Stadium
- Glasgow, Scotland: Hampden Park
- Seville, Spain: Stadium La Cartuja Sevilla
Euro 2020 top scorers
|2||Patrik Schick||Czech Republic||5||0|
Ranking criteria: 1. Goals 2. Assists 3. Fewest minutes played 4. Goals in qualification
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