Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to England players ahead of Italy final

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sent a supportive message to the England players ahead of tonight’s clash with Italy in the final of Euro 2020.

The Three Lions enter the match looking to win a first major trophy since 1955. And excitement is rising as the 8pm kick off starts to tick down.

England have been in fine form at Euro 2020.

They won two of their opening three group matches, putting Croatia and Czech Republic to the sword with a goalless draw with Scotland in between.

Then, in the round of 16, they bested Germany 2-0 – with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane both on target.

In the quarter-finals, Ukraine were swept aside 4-0 – with Kane scoring twice and Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson both on target.

Then, just on Wednesday night, Gareth Southgate’s side edged past Denmark 2-1 courtesy of a goal from Kane in extra-time.

Tonight, England will step out onto the Wembley turf looking to write their names into the history books. After 55 years of hurt, the pain may soon be over.

And Solskjaer, speaking to United’s official website, has sent a message of support to the players involved – admitting he’d love to see England go all the way.

“Ah, it’s tremendous,” he said when asked about the United players being involved in England’s storming run.

“They’ve been so solid, the team, and I think Luke and Harry are definitely helping out in that respect. They don’t seem to concede chances and have been very robust.

“I’m very happy Harry is fit and playing while Luke just keeps on going. Over the last couple of seasons, he has just improved more and more.

“Marcus, of course, has had to be patient because there are other good players around. He’s just got to be ready. If, in the final, Marcus comes on, I’m sure he’ll be ready.”

Solskjaer also gave advice to the Three Lions, saying: “Enjoy it, of course, be focused.

“Of course, we’ve kept in touch about enjoying the victory and then then next morning, get on with the next one. Nothing becomes history as quickly as a football game.

“It’s history and you have to just look forwards to the next [one] and be ready. Luke and Harry, it’s just recovery, Marcus it’s train well, show a good attitude and show Gareth that you are ready.

“We keep in touch all the time. We will send them a good-luck message of course and it’s been the case for all the players, throughout the Euros and Copa America.

“You can see here in England, it so unites the country when the team does well.

“Hopefully we, as a club, can unite our own fans next season and that’s what we’re looking forward to.

“When England won in the semis, just watching it on tele, you can see the country is bouncing. There are probably a few sick days being pulled, probably on Monday if it goes well – or even if it goes badly!”

England boss Southgate has called on his side to stay calm amid the hype and excitement surrounding the contest.

“I didn’t say very much at all before the semi-final because I felt the team were totally prepared,” Southgate said.

“I normally assess where they are during the day. We usually have a meeting about the set plays in the morning, and then I’ll speak to them before we leave the hotel.

“You’re two hours before the game at that point. You want the message to resonate but it’s about how you make the players feel as much as anything.

“We don’t need to be getting them overhyped. There will be enough energy and excitement around the stadium due to the occasion itself.

“We need to keep that calmness that we have had for the whole month. We’ve dealt with it really well. The game against Scotland, we were disappointed with how it went, but it was a big occasion for us.

Germany was another one and then the quarter- and the semi-final. The players have coped remarkably well and I’m certain they will do so again.”

And he also urged England fans not to boo the national anthem.

“We would always ask our fans to be respectful of the opposition,” he said.

“We would hope for the same when we travel and I know when our anthem is booed it does inspire me a bit more when I’m away from home.

“Whatever the intentions might be, there’s a good chance you’re giving more motivation to the opponent.”