While we wait for the kick-off to get underway, at 8pm, take a look at this.
England’s Jill Scott has spoken about what it means to have a home Euros.
Earlier today in the other Group D match Belgium and Iceland faced off in a 1-1 match.
There was plenty of drama with a missed penalty but it ended all square!
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The Guardian have written some in depth analysis for each team this tournament.
For tonight’s teams if you want more information, have a read of France’s here:
And Italy’s here:
Team news is in!
France starting XI: Peyraud-Magnin; Perisset, Tounkara, Renard, Karchaoui; Geyoro, Bilbault, Toletti; Diani, Katoto, Cascarino
Italy starting XI: Giuliani; Bartoli, Gama, Linari, Boattin; Galli, Giugliani, Caruso; Bergamaschi, Girelli, Bonansea
France take on Italy as the two teams look to launch their Euro 2022 campaigns.
The French head coach Corinne Diacre is keen to get going and has hailed her caption Wendie Renard. She told L’Equipe: “The problem is that Wendie got injured at the start of the season and we didn’t have her for the qualifiers in October and November.
“She’s only been with us since February but she’s an important person in the squad, with her aura, her experience and her performances. The return of the captaincy to her arm has born its fruits, she is entirely satisfied in that role.”
The French are looking to put the infighting of their squad behind them and focus on lifting the trophy. Their opponents this evening are aiming to scalp their rivals in their opener and Italian head coach Milena Bertolini says they are taking it a game at a time.
“We are taking it game after game, so for now we are focused on France,” she told Uefa. “But we know that to progress we’ll need to beat the others too. Our aim is to progress from the group. To face a strong team like France, we need to go beyond our physical and technical abilities, and to do so we need to be united, and be tactically on point, in Italian fashion.”