FIFA World Cup 1966 was the last time that England went on to a major international tournament final and won it, the dream is once close to becoming reality as England beat Denmark 2-1 in the Euros 2020 semi-final and have progressed into the Finals where they will face Italy.
The British free-to-air television network, ITV released figures that stated that a peak audience of 27.6 million people tuned in to watch England progress to their first major international tournament final in 55 years. The estimated audience was recorded from ITV, ITV Hub and STV making the match the largest UK viewership of the tournament to date and the largest ever football audience for a single channel.
After a controversial penalty decision that saw England qualify and the English FA being charged for its fans’ behaviour, England somehow made it through to the Finals after beating Denmark in extra time thanks to an own goal by Simon Kjaer and a rebound goal by Harry Kane.
The final against Italy will be streamed on both ITV and BBC platforms and is again anticipated to estimate a record viewership, the match will be held in Wembley Stadium in London and will see Italy and England facing against each other for the title of being the European Champions.
Italy who beat Spain 4-2 on penalties after a thrilling encounter and excellent performance by the Italian team saw them progress to the Finals.