Roberto, you’re our only hope… bitter Scots fans hail Italy manager Roberto Mancini as their new William Wallace in fight to defeat the English and are joined by some Welsh fans
- Scottish newspaper The National featured a picture of Mancini on its front page
- Wales and Scotland fans took to social media to voice their support for Italy
- England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final tomorrow night at Wembley Stadium
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Scotland football fans are preparing for battle tomorrow night when England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final by picturing manager Roberto Mancini as William Wallace.
Fans north of the border and in Wales who ‘can’t take another 55 years of them banging on about this’ are buying Italian shirts and even adopting the country’s surnames.
The front page of the pro-Scottish independence newspaper The National featured Italian coach Mancini photoshopped as Wallace in the 1995 epic Braveheart.
And Wales fans have joined in the fun, taking to social media to post pictures of the Italian flag with the Welsh dragon in its centre.
Former Wales footballer Owain Tudur Jones echoed The National’s thoughts, Tweeting a picture of a topless Mancini with the caption ‘only one man can save us now’.
Scotland football fans are preparing for battle tomorrow night when England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final, with Scottish pro-independence newspaper The National picturing manager Roberto Mancini as William Wallace
Former Wales footballer Owain Tudur Jones echoed The National’s thoughts, Tweeting a picture of a topless Mancini with the caption ‘only one man can save us now’
Wales fans have joined in the fun, taking to social media to post pictures of the Italian flag with the Welsh dragon in its centre
Italian football manager Roberto Mancini leaves Florence for London today ahead of tomorrow’s Euro 2020 final
Captain Giorgio Chiellini leaves the hotel in Florence before getting on the team plane to London today
Chiellini’s centre-back partner at both Juventus and the national side Leonardo Bonucci leaves the Florence hotel today en route to Italy
Chelsea midfielder greets Leonardo Spinazzola on the Italian plane on their way to London today
England will take on Italy in Wembley at 8pm tomorrow night in the national team’s first major final since its 1966 World Cup victory.
Scotland crashed out of the competition in the group stages but were the only team to have stopped England from winning in the Euros so far, holding them to a 0-0 draw at Wembley on June 18.
Scottish fans took to the streets of London to support the team and at the time and the celebrations went long into the night after the result.
Meanwhile, Wales were unable to replicate their Euro 2016 success of reaching the semifinals — despite defying expectations by reaching the last 16, where they were knocked out by Denmark 4-0.
Welsh fans are are buying Italian shirts and flags and even adopting the country’s surnames
Now fans of the two nations’ last hope that England aren’t victorious rests in an Italian team who have not lost in 33 games — and many on social media fancy their chances.
The National’s front page said: ‘Save us Roberto, you’re our final hope. We can’t take another 55 years of them banging on about this.’
And it drew mixed reaction on social media, with some taking offence to the joke and other seeing the funny side.
Andrew Pilborough wrote on Twitter: ‘The irony of complaining [about England] banging on about 1966 using Braveheart, a famous victory Scotland bang on about from 1314.’
The National’s front page drew mixed reaction on social media, with some taking offence to the joke and other seeing the funny side
Another England supporter said: ‘So very sad to see our neighbours hate us so much that they can’t rejoice in England enjoying a good moment of cheer.’
But Mike Callaghan wrote: ‘Some of the folk commenting on this need to chill out. As Scotland fans are we supposed to put our rivalry aside and support England?
‘No chance. It’s not Wimbledon. Or F1. It’s football. Nobody is saying they hate English folk. Scottish football fans don’t support England. End of.’
And another said: ‘Not a big fan of the National, but fair play this is class.’
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