But Slavisa Jokanovic has confirmed he will watch the game with his team tonight. And that, when they gather in front of the television at their training base in Estepona, not everyone will cheer on the Three Lions.
“I played in England for many years, so I hope they win, but this is going to get me in trouble with Marco,” Jokanovic, the former Yugoslavia and Chelsea midfielder, said. reference to United’s new chief medical officer, Marco Cesarini. “He’ll probably have to watch the game on his own in another room.
“I always like to watch the important games. I was in the Champions League final (between Chelsea and Manchester City) about a month ago and I still love to see them because you can learn a lot.
“Of course my job and my mind is to defend the Sheffield United crest. It’s my job. So it’s really the only thing I’m thinking about right now.
“But for a few years I was at Chelsea and I liked being a part of the club and watching these types of games.”
Jokanovic has declined numerous invitations to comment on the likely outcome of the match at Wembley; smiling and then laughing as The Star tried to pin him down on the subject during a Zoom call from the United team hotel last night.
“Two very good teams, clearly two of the best in Europe at the moment,” he finally offered. “That’s all I’m saying. I think it will be close because of it.
“If you come this far you know how good they are. I’m going to watch and try to learn something from the game. It’s something, like I said, I like to do and I think it’s important to do that too, because these are elite teams.
United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is part of the England squad that will face the Italians. Speaking ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Europa Point, midfielder Oliver Norwood admitted he hopes England will win. However, after watching last week’s semi-final victory over Denmark, Norwood joked that not all Ramsdale colleagues will be thrilled to see him return with a winning medal.
“Seriously we all want to see Rammers do well, we all want the best for him,” Norwood said. “But I’m not going to pretend there weren’t a few guys cheering when Denmark scored and got past the other night. I think we all know who they are!
“I went to the Euro and it was one of the best football experiences of my life,” added Norwood, selected 57 times by Northern Ireland. “I’m not sure the Irish and Scottish guys here are going to cheer on England. But they all want the best for Rammers too and are happy to see it so good and have fun – don’t worry about that.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-11 11:10:32