Terry Butcher: England can do it - let's go and win it!
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Ipswich Town legends Terry Butcher and Russell Osman have backed England to win the European Championship Final on Sunday night.
Gareth Southgate's men take on Italy, at Wembley, in what will be the Three Lions' first appearance in a major final since Sir Alf Ramsey's side lifted the World Cup, also on home soil, in 1966.
Butcher, who was capped 77 times by England, suffered plenty of heartache representing his nation.
He was part of the team that lost in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals to Argentina - that match in Mexico containing Diego Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' - and also played in the World Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany at the semi-finals stage of Italia '90 under Sir Bobby Robson's management.
"I was very emotional at the final whistle on Wednesday night - I actually felt like sitting down and crying," said Butcher, reflecting on the extra-time win against Denmark as a guest on BBC Radio Suffolk.
"There has been so much heartache and tears, so many discussions about what could and should have been, but all those failures have just been swept away in one magical night.
"Two to three generations have missed out on seeing England at a major final. I was there in '66 as a young schoolboy and it just passed me by. This certainly won't.
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"I'm now thinking 'go on boys, let's go and win it!'
"England can do it. I think we've got the players. The options off the bench could certainly make a difference.
"To be in the final at Wembley, with that crowd behind us, you can't ask for any more."
Osman, who was capped 11 times by England during the early '80s, said: "The biggest concern for me is we will have to start thinking about updating the lyrics to the Three Lions song!
"It's going to be a tough game against Italy, no doubt about that.
"But we have got an astute manager in Gareth Southgate who has been assisted really well in the background by Steve Holland.
"I just think they have got one more step in them. They are certainly going to take some beating."