Dimitar Berbatov Exclusive: I'm backing England to bring it home

England midfielder Kalvin Phillips
Berba is full of praise for Kalvin Phillips

Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov hails England's performances at Euro 2020, says he'll be rooting for the Three Lions and has a blunt message for critics of Harry Kane...

"Harry Kane has been excellent in the knockout stages. He received some criticism in the Group stages but Kane can tell his critics to f**k off. Even great players have their ups and downs."

Final spot is thoroughly deserved

Reaching the final of Euro 2020 is a major achievement for England. I had a sense that this could be England's year. It's thoroughly deserved, although credit to Denmark for a great effort in the semi-final. The talent and quality in this England squad is capable of doing something special and I'm really pleased to see them in the final.

Their opponents Italy have an excellent squad too, so it won't be easy on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate has a nice problem. Who should he play? He has great players on the bench, like Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish. Southgate can't play them all but he has to keep them all happy. So far he's managed that and there is great togetherness in the squad.

The only thing they have to watch is the pressure. In the first-half England were a little tense and the upshot was that Denmark scored the first goal. Pickford made some mistakes. Eventually England took control of the game but they must make sure the pressure doesn't get to them against Italy.

Sterling, Phillips and Kane the standouts

Raheem Sterling was England's most impressive player in the semi-final. I thought his running was unbelievable. He was a threat throughout the match was still pushing deep into extra-time.

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Kalvin Phillips stood out again too. He's been one of the players of the tournament and, sooner or later, I expect him to leave Leeds for a bigger club. Offers will come in for him after tournament. He is playing with maturity, agility, knowing when to run with the ball and when to pass. I would like to see him sign for Manchester United.

Harry Kane has been excellent in the knockout stages. He received some criticism in the Group stages but Kane can tell his critics to f**k off. Even great players have their ups and downs. Even when he wasn't scoring he was doing a lot for the team. But now the goals are coming.

The pressure on him with the penalty against Denmark was immense. You cannot imagine what it feels like to take a penalty with a nation's hopes on your shoulders. As a player you know that everyone is depending on you, even if you don't want to think about it. It wasn't a good penalty but he got a bit of luck.

I also can't believe Bukayo Saka is only 19. His runs are amazing. He deserves to start in the final.

England can edge tight final

Italy are unbeaten in 33 games and are enjoying a great tournament. They are passionate, well-organised and will run all day. But I am rooting for England. Of course I f**king am! I played half my career in England and I loved the country, the people and I still love going back. The players deserve to win. Between now and Sunday they must rest and prepare mentally for the game of their lives.

The final is not going to be an easy watch for fans on either side. I would love to see goals but I think both teams will be very cautious. I predict that England will win 1-0 in normal time.

Stay calm, England. You have the quality to bring this home. Good luck.

I can't wait to see Jadon Sancho play for United

Some fans are disappointed that Jadon Sancho hasn't played more for England at Euro 2020. But I am just pleased that Manchester United have signed him, finally.

Does Sancho's arrival make them serious Premier League title contenders? I can't wait to see him playing in a red shirt. But let's wait and see what it means for United's title chances.

What does this signing mean for Anthony Martial? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to be clever in rotating his attacking players.

Pogba should wear France shirt under United jersey!

Paul Pogba looked outstanding for France at Euro 2020, even though his team were knocked out in the second round. He needs to be the same player for United. He looks like he has more freedom for France, and possibly more motivation, although he does suffer from the same lapses in concentration.

If Pogba can improve the defensive side of his game, and not lose the ball, he could be the complete midfielder. We all know his quality is there. The goal he scored against Switzerland was unbelievable.

Some players do find it easier to get motivated for their national side. I remember I was going through a dry spell for Bayer Leverkusen. At the same time, I was still scoring for Bulgaria. So I thought: "F**k it, I'll wear my Bulgaria shirt under my Leverkusen shirt."

It didn't actually help me, but the point is I was willing to try anything to start scoring for my club again.

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