Paul Merson names Chelsea star as player to watch out for in England vs Italy clash

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England and Italy have been the two best teams in the Euro 2020 tournament and both deserve to be in the final after their formidable displays from the group stage leading up to the final.

The Three Lions are slight favourites to win the tournament due to their home advantage, but Italy have so far been a strong side to play against.

A tactical game is expected in the middle of the park at Wembley on Sunday, and Paul Merson has admitted that Jorginho is the man to watch out for.

Jorginho has impressed in midfield for Italy, and ex-Arsenal and former England star Paul Merson thinks the 29-year-old needs to be shut down for the Three Lions to be victorious.

“England must stop Jorginho if they want to beat Italy and I don’t think it’s going to be a low-scoring game,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“Both teams have been so solid defensively in this tournament but they both have too much pace and movement up front so I think there will be a lot of goals.

“We have to stop that Italy midfield if we want to win the game because it’s that that makes them tick.

“It all starts with Jorginho, who is having a brilliant tournament. He’s been everywhere, and he controls games with his passing.

“England need to get after him because three passes from midfield and bang, they’re in.

“These two teams have been the best at the Euros for me. But Italy will be worried about England because the home advantage of Wembley will be huge.

“Italy have looked vulnerable in recent games. You knew they’d be under the cosh against Belgium because they’re the No 1 team in the world.

“But Austria gave them a scare, and they were on the ropes against Spain until they showed their resilience, dug in, and found a way to win. We can beat them.”

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