Football fans all over England relished preparing for a match that could see the country crowned European champions.
Houses were adorned with flags amid increased demand for England-themed paraphernalia and thousands of people descended on pubs and fan areas to watch the game.
The final – which is expected to attract a record-breaking televised audience – started at 8 p.m. and will end at 10 p.m. if it ends normally, but could end closer to 11 p.m. if there is overtime or penalties.
The victory would mark the men’s soccer team’s first victory in a major tournament since the successful 1966 World Cup, which also took place at Wembley Stadium in London.
Skipper Harry Kane said the players hope to bring pride to the nation when they step onto the pitch: “We know how much this means to English fans across the country so we are proud to represent them and we hope we can make them proud again. “
Despite England’s advantage at home, Italian fans will also be present at Wembley and hope their side continue their streak of 32 games unbeaten.
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