Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy believes the narrative has changed around the current England team.

On Sunday they face Italy in the European Championships final, and support appears to be increasing throughout the tournament for Gareth Southgate's side.

"I think the narrative has changed. England there always seemed to be a story coming out of [the camp] - players misbehaving, doing something, something's wrong," said McCarthy speaking on We Become Heroes, an RTÉ Sport podcast.

"There's not been anything. Gareth Southgate is a genuinely lovely fella, and obviously quite capable, and I think he's got the players all behaving in that way, whatever you might think he's like, in a respectful way, a humble way, a way where people will take to them, whether it's England fans or anybody else.

"I mean in Ireland for heaven's sakes, if you look at the English team, all of them play for teams that Irish fans support anyway, you know whether it's Man United, Man City Liverpool all the teams that they come from. So, they must have some support. Whether it’s appropriate or not to support them, I mean I don't get excited about it."

England have seen off some tough challenges including Germany and Ukraine. In the semi-final they came from behind to defeat Denmark 2-1 at Wembley to set up a final against an impressive Italian side with Roberto Mancini at the helm.

So who does McCarthy think will win the final?

"I watched the semi-final, I thought England were really good, you know, Denmark, played proper football, a really good show. It's been great. I've thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to the final installment.

"I said it all along that I thought England could win it. Italy are very durable, a good team. They have not lost for 32 or 33 games so that speaks for itself. I don't get to speak about them.

"But I do think that England, they've got the firepower, they can beat them. I don't think there's any doubt in my mind that England can win it, whether they do or not, I mean I toss a coin, they are two very good teams, but England are good enough to win it, yes."

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We Become Heroes is a podcast hosted by RTÉ Sport journalist Marie Crowe, featuring some of Ireland's biggest sports stars.

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