The 29-year-old converted the decisive penalty shot in the semi-final shootout – but his impact on the national team has extended far beyond that strike.

Massimo Ambrosini, a former Italy midfielder, described Jorginho as “irreplaceable” in an exclusive interview with Goal ahead of Italy’s Euro 2020 final against England.

Jorginho has been a standout as a deep-lying midfielder, both in terms of ball possession and as a catalyst for counterattacks. He also scored the game-winning penalty in the semi-final shootout against Spain.

Ambrosini, who represented Italy at Euro 2008, says he wishes he could have joined Jorginho on the field at Wembley Stadium to compete for the Henri Delaunay trophy.

What was said?

“Jorginho is a one-of-a-kind player.

Italy has a lot of options and talent in the midfield,” Ambrosini told Goal.

“Mancini deserves praise for what he accomplished; he deserves credit for building a strong, brave team with personality. What he accomplished will be remembered regardless of the outcome of the final, which we all hope will be the cherry on top.

“I’d jump on a plane right now to play this match; they’re always unforgettable.”

“The presence of so many English supporters at Wembley may also have an effect on England, since not everyone is used to performing in front of their country’s audience, and some may feel the strain.

“By the way, this would not be the first time. Throughout history, teams who competed in finals at home have suffered spectacular defeats: I’m thinking of Bayern Munich in the Champions League or France in the most recent European Championship.

“Whom would I remove from the English team? Harry Kane is an extraordinary striker. He did not score at the start of the European Championship, but now he is demonstrating to everyone that he is capable of making a difference like few others.”

Azpilicueta backs comparison of Jorginho and Busquets

Last week, Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta lauded Jorginho and acknowledged that a comparison to Barcelona great Sergio Busquets might be drawn.

“They’re two great players who move well in short spaces: intelligent, tactically sharp, they judge space well and always choose the right pass for the team,” Azpilicueta told The Guardian.

“Jorginho is an outstanding player who is critical to Italy’s style of play. He like to be in touch with the ball in order to exert control over the game; he is intelligent.”

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