Fans say England will beat Italy in Euros final thanks to gloomy British weather

England will beat Italy in the Euros final thanks to the British weather, fans have told the Daily Star.

Forecasters say the Three Lions will play in the same rainy conditions as the 1966 squad that beat West Germany in the World Cup finals.

Writer Gill Fisher, 30, of Acton, west London, told us: "I can't wait. The British weather is finally giving us something to cheer about.

"I'm crossing my fingers it'll rain to give us a home advantage."

Amy Harris, of east London, said: "Everything will count tomorrow and even the British weather is getting behind the Three Lions.

"Having the same conditions as in 1966 is definitely a good omen. 100% England will win."

Rebecca Clarke, of Walthamstow, north London, added: "I hear it's the same conditions as in 1966. So must be fate."

Met Office forecasters say England's football team could be in luck with the forecast near identical to when the Three Lions won the World Cup in 1966.

Gareth Southgate's side will face Italy in the final Euro 2020 showdown on Sunday night at Wembley.

Meteorologists have predicted the same 20C temperature and showery outlook which struck Wembley Stadium on the day of the final 55 years ago.

This comes despite the fact that average temperatures have risen markedly over the past half a century due to climate change, forecasters have said.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: "I can tell you that on July 30 1966, the weather was very similar to what is forecast for Sunday.

"It reached around 20C and there were a few showers around."

Mr Dewhurst said this follows a weekend of patchy rain for much of the nation.

He added there will be a north-south divide on Saturday, with warmer temperatures in Scotland and northern England than in the Midlands and further south.

But Wimbledon fans can expect to stay drier than people in the North, which could see thunderstorms.

Mr Dewhurst said: "It's going to be a mixed weekend for the vast majority of us.

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"There's going to be a north-south split on Saturday – the North will see sunny spells and heavy showers which could contain thunderstorms, with maximum temperatures of 22C.

"The South will see cloudy weather with patchy rain, and maximum temperatures of 20C."

Gareth Southgate's heroes have mirrored England’s famous World Cup-winning squad of 1966.

Both topped their group stages with two wins and a draw, not conceding a single goal in the process.

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