Journalist claims ‘shameful’ Euro 2020 has been ‘conditioned for England’

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One Spanish journalist has hit out at tournament organisers for a “shameful” Euro 2020 “totally conditioned for England” to reach the final.

The Three Lions will face Italy at Wembley on Sunday in their first major final in 55 years after beating Denmark 2-1 after extra-time to book their place.

England have never played in a European Championship final and will be looking to win just their second piece of major silverware after lifting the Jules Rimet trophy at the 1966 World Cup.

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Journalist Roberto Morales thinks Gareth Southgate’s side were always going to be in the final as UEFA has “conditioned” the tournament just for them.

El Chringuito host Josep Pedrerol, who tore into Eden Hazard after Real Madrid lost to Chelsea in the Champions League last season, asked Morales: “You think UEFA organised this for an England final?”

The journalist replied: “For me, this has been the most shameful competition that we have covered. It has been pathetic.

“We’ve had matches in cities that aren’t even European in any sense. We’ve got a final that was prepared for a country that left the European Union.

“It has been totally prepared. They’ve played every game at home except one. It has been totally conditioned for England.

“All that was missing was the help received (on Tuesday) with the penalty in a game that was proving complicated.”

Meanwhile, Kyle Walker thinks the class of 2021 have the chance to set the standard for young English players for decades to come.

“I think when you put on an England shirt, definitely in the past four years, it means something now,” Walker said.

“It means something, we have created history. I have heard a lot of people talking about how England haven’t won a knockout game, England haven’t won a penalty shoot-out, England haven’t got this, England haven’t got that.

“This group of lads, with the manger and the coaching staff, we just keep knocking them down and hopefully we have set the bar now for the future youngsters that are coming through – this is what our country wants and expects of us.”