England are set to face Italy in this evening’s Euro 2020 final in what is the Three Lions’ biggest game since the 1966 World Cup final. Gareth Southgate’s side have impressed on their route to the final at Wembley but will face a stern test against a rejuvenated Italy side under Roberto Mancini.
England, who played five of their first six games at Wembley, have conceded just one goal on their route to the final but will face an Italian side with a similar record.
Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan, now in his fourth stint at the club as a coach, has sent the England players a message of encouragement ahead of the final.
All the best tonight #England in the #Euro2020 final. I’ll be sat there with my shirt on (might be a tight fit 🤔) and my crisps and Jaffa cakes along with the dog cheering you all on ⚽️🏠💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/MAbtSML60m
— Mike Phelan (@Mike_Phelan_1) July 11, 2021
Phelan made 102 league appearances for the club as a player before two brief spells as a coach in the academy. After a successful stint as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant, the 58-year-old returned to the club in the same capacity in 2018.
Phelan also represented England but was restricted to just one cap in 1989.