Gareth Southgate has issued a heartfelt message of thanks to England fans everywhere ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 final.

Thousands of fans - including many Cumbrians - are descending on Wembley to watch the Three Lions bid to defeat Italy and win the trophy.

It is England's first major tournament final since the World Cup in 1966.

And head coach Southgate says the team will give everything to deliver a night of national jubilation.

Speaking directly to supporters, Southgate said: "I just wanted to take the time to say thank you to everybody for the incredible support we've received throughout this tournament. 

"We hope that we've represented you in the right way, we hope that you've enjoyed watching us play. 

"I'm very grateful to all of the players and the incredible staff I've got with me that we've been able to get to our first final for 55 years.

"But of course we know now we've got to deliver for you. 

"We'll be doing everything we can. Your support and energy has given us a huge lift and I know it will [tonight]."

Speculation is growing over the team Southgate will select to face Roberto Mancini's Italians.

Reports suggest Kieran Trippier will be recalled at the expense of Bukayo Saka, with Southgate reverting to a back three and wing-backs for the Wembley occasion.

Phil Foden has been nursing a knock this week, the head coach has said.