RIO FERDINAND led a chant of ‘Sterling’s on fire’ in Boxpark as England fans got in the mood for the historic Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions will face Italy in Sunday’s European Championships decider at Wembley Stadium, the country’s first final at a major tournament since they won the World Cup in 1966.
Ferdinand led the chant in front of a raucous England crowdCredit: Instagram @rioferdy5
Ferdinand looked excited and nervous ahead of England’s historic dayCredit: Instagram @rioferdy5
Ferdinand shared a video of him starting the chant alongside the caption: “Sterling’s on Fire. Let’s go @England!”
Meanwhile, England captain Harry Kane could move level with Patrik Schick and Cristiano Ronaldo on five goals at Euro 2020 if he scores against Italy.
But more than the individuals in the squad, what has impressed Ferdinand most is the collective team ethic manager Gareth Southgate has built since taking up the role in 2016.
Speaking before their semi-final win over Denmark, the former Manchester United centre-back said: “It all comes from Croatia in 2018. This isn’t just something he’s (Southgate) built overnight.
“(Jadon) Sancho’s a great example, he comes in after not playing the first four games and is seamless.
“These lads (today) are professionals, they’ve got an understanding of what the job is and they all go out and do it to a tee.
“I think our squad at the time had more world-class players but this team have a much better squad.
“Players that can come in and change games, there’s not a drop off from the quality of players around them.”
Fans across the country are set to tune in at 8pm on Sunday night in the hope that England will lift their first major trophy in 55 years.
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