KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has backed England to beat Italy in Sunday's huge Euro 2020 final.
The UFC icon believes football is coming home as he expects Gareth Southgate's side to land their first European Championship.
The undefeated champion, who hung up his gloves last year, is convinced England's pace will prove too much for Italy in Sunday's historic showdown at Wembley.
Nurmagomedov said: "England have very good and young Lions. It's a very good team with Sterling, Kane, Mount, Phillips, Walker and Pickford.
"They're a very good team and they're going to play at home. The last time they won was in 1966.
"After that they don't win nothing but right now they have a bold team.
"Italy have a big chance because they are a very experienced team with guys like Chiellini and Immobile.
"But in my opinion England have to win because they have speed. Italy have the experience but England have a very good, young team with speed.
"I hope England are going to win. I think they deserve it."
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England reached their first major final for 55 years after their gripping extra time win over Denmark on Wednesday night.
Italy booked their place in Sunday's huge final after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Spain.
Roberto Mancini's side are unbeaten in 33 games and will be determined to deny the hosts from a euphoric triumph at Wembley this weekend.
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