Bonucci says England have impressed him the most at Euro 2020 so far

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci reveals England are the team that have impressed him most so far at Euro 2020 for ‘the way they were willing to work hard for one another’ in Wembley win over Croatia

  • England began their Euro 2020 campaign with a tight victory against Croatia 
  • Leonardo Bonucci highlighted the Three Lions as the most impressive country 
  • Italy defender Bonucci picked them due to their hard work and desire to win 
  • Bonucci has also praised the Azzurri’s team spirit after they defeated Turkey 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci claims England are the country that have impressed him the most so far at Euro 2020.

England, who are in Group D, opened their campaign with a 1-0 victory over 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.

Bonucci was speaking on Tuesday afternoon, prior to the first games in this tournament for France, Germany and Portugal, but nevertheless admitted England had caught the eye.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci says England have impressed him the most at the Euros so far

England opened their campaign this summer with a hard-fought win over Croatia on Sunday

The 34-year-old said: ‘Besides the teams that still need to play – who will of course impress us because they are all top countries – England have really stood out to me.

‘For the approach they showed, the way they were willing to work hard for one another and the fact they sought three points, England are the team that have impressed me most so far.’

Bonucci had presumably temporarily removed Italy from the equation as he gave that particular answer at a press conference to preview his side’s second Group A match against Switzerland in Rome on Wednesday.

Bonucci picked England due to their willingness to ‘work hard’ and fight for all three points

Italy were also on form as they opened the tournament by sweeping Turkey aside 3-0 last Friday.

It was a ninth win in succession for Roberto Mancini’s side, all of which have been achieved with clean sheets.

Bonucci said: ‘This is the greatest team spirit I have encountered. At no time have there been any issues in the squad. 

‘It is a very tight group and it is little wonder then that we are getting results.’

Bonucci was also asked about whether the Italian players would take the knee to highlight racial inequality and discrimination ahead of the game, as the Swiss did prior to their 1-1 draw against Wales.

Centre back Bonucci played in Italy’s victory against Turkey and has praised their team spirit

He said: ‘Clearly we are all against any form of racism and discrimination. 

‘At this moment in time I don’t think there has been a specific request from UEFA to actually conform. This is up to all national FAs, but we are very much standing against racism.’

Italy will need to quell the threat of Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, who is relishing the chance to shine against a side managed by his former Inter Milan boss Mancini.

Shaqiri, who is now at Liverpool, was brought to Inter by Mancini in January 2015 but failed to earn a regular place in the side and left for Stoke just six months later.

Xherdan Shaqiri will look to help Switzerland take points off Italy and is relishing the fixture

Shaqiri said: ‘I am really looking forward to the game and I look forward to seeing Roberto. 

‘He is a great person and I am really happy that it is going well for him and he has made Italy a top team.

‘They are one of the favourites for this tournament. They will try to attack. It is not the Italy that used to defend all the time.

‘It will be a challenge but we will try to create problems for them. It will be a difficult game but we are confident.’

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