A talismanic Italian defender trolled 56 million people with 4 simple words after beating England on penalties in the Euro 2020 final
- Italy's Leonardo Bonucci taunted England fans by mocking the team's famous chant after winning Euro 2020.
- After Italy's penalty shootout win, the defender screamed into a camera: "It's coming to Rome!"
- Bonucci was trolling the popular refrain of "It's coming home," a chant sung by England fans at every tournament.
Italy's Leonardo Bonucci trolled the whole of England on Sunday, screaming "It's coming to Rome" into the camera after his side won Euro 2020.
Following a 1-1 draw in normal time, Italy triumphed over England via a penalty shootout, giving the Italians a second European Championship trophy and condemning England to more spot kick heartbreak.
Bonucci netted Italy's equalizer after Luke Shaw had put England ahead and the Juventus defender went on to score his effort in the shootout.
After Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Bukayo Sako's penalty to win the tournament for Italy, Bonucci celebrated by repeatedly screaming "It's coming to Rome!" into a nearby camera.
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The 34-year-old defender was mocking the famous England chant "It's coming home," which originates from the song "Three Lions" by English comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and the rock band Lightning Seeds.
The song has been synonymous with England in major tournaments since its release in 1996.
Throughout Euro 2020, England fans and media have recited the lyric and during every England game it has been sung from the stands. However it has clearly irked opposition players, many of whom see the presumptive statement as arrogant.
Before the semi-final, Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel was asked about it in a press conference to which he sarcastically replied "has it ever come home?" and now some of the victorious Italian squad took a swipe.
As Italy celebrated with their fans, Bonucci grabbed the nearest camera and screamed "It's coming to Rome! It's coming to Rome!"
Later on, Bonucci and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho posted a video of themselves, arm-in-arm, singing the altered line with their medals around their necks.
'It's coming home' - arrogant or cautiously optimistic?
Opinion of the famous chant is mixed, and seems to vary from country to country. In England, it is seen as an optimistic, but cautious hope that the national team might finally come good in a tournament.
Prior to the Euro 2020 final, it had been 55 years since England last contested a major final. The country has not tasted international success since the 1966 World Cup win, also played at Wembley.
The line "It's coming home" worked on two fronts as Euro 96, the tournament the song was recorded for, was held in England and the country is also widely known as the birthplace of the sport.
The song starts with recordings of commentary of England exiting various tournaments, usually in embarrassment, and the verse talks of everyone knowing "England's gonna throw it away" but ends hoping that England might actually win and "bring football home."
However, outside of England, some opposition fans see the lyrics as arrogant, especially considering the 55-year drought England has endured without silverware.
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