Euro 2020: Final Draw
After two excellent and exciting matches, England and Spain will proceed to the European Championship Final in what will be an epic clash between the two footballing giants.
England, ranked 3rd in the world, will relish the chance to play against Spain, and vice versa. Josep Guardiola
's side are 5th in the World Rankings themselves, two places below the Three Lions.
England crushed Belgium 3-0 to advance while Spain put an end to Turkey's brilliant run in the tournament, and the hosts of the Euros were harshly outplayed, eventually losing 2-0.
This will, interestingly, be the second consecutive time England and Spain face each other in the European Championship Final. Both national sides also got to the Euro 2016 Final. It was a close game, but the Three Lions, then led by Stuart Pearce
, lost out on penalties after a well-fought 2-2 draw.
Key men for Spain will be Barcelona midfielder Javi Martinez
. Although at the age of 31, Martinez is still running the midfield superbly for Barca and Spain. He made his return to La Liga after an 8 year absence, his last time playing for a Spanish club being Athletic Bilbao in 2012, until he moved to Bayern Munich, and later, Manchester City.
Making 35 appearances in his first season back in Spain since 2012, Martinez has really impressed and was awarded the runner-up spot for Spanish Player of the Year at the end of the season, second only to former teammate Iker Muniain
Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara
is also another player who will be vital if Spain desires to conquer England a second time running. Thiago joined Bayern Munich last summer from Juventus and did not have a very good debut season in Germany, making only 26 appearances in the Bundesliga. Despite this, he is now the proud owner of a quadruple of trophy medals and next season, the 29-year-old is only expected to improve tremendously.
Athletic Bilbao forward Iker Muniain
and Paris Saint-Germain veteran Benat
are other dangerous players for Spain that England will have to look out for.
Now on the topic of England, David Beckham
has plenty of quality men under his command and he won't be hesitating to throw them all out against the Spaniards to ensure their first European Championship win.
The first name that comes to mind will obviously be Bayern Munich winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Bayern Munich winger will come face-to-face with fellow teammate Thiago, but instead of playing one-twos and feeding him the ball, Chamberlain will be looking to restrain him as much as possible.
Regarded as England's best player at the moment, Chamberlain has won 88 caps at the tender age of 26 and appeared in every single Bundesliga match for Bayern as they finished the season unbeaten in the league, as well as an extra three trophies in the DFB Pokal, DFL Super Cup and the Champions League.
Second vice-captain of the squad and his former Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshere
joins him on the list of England's key players.
Currently the captain of Arsenal, Wilshere has been the main man of England's central midfield throughout the tournament.
Expected to step up as official vice-captain after Phil Jones
is handed the captain's armband by Wayne Rooney
, which will probably be soon, Wilshere's leadership is vital to the squad. He has also lifted plenty of trophies as Arsenal captain like the Premier League title and the Champions League, and will now look to add a European Championship trophy medal to his tally.
Tottenham defender Phil Jones is also another would-be stumbling block for Spain's attacking force. The 28-year-old will win his 99th cap for England in the Final and he'll be hoping that he can end off the last of his two-digit caps properly.
Spain versus England. Who will lift the European Championship trophy?
Will it be Spain, winning it a record fourth time in a row?
Or will England manage to secure their first European Championship in history?