Married colleagues Fabrizio and Leigh cheer on the Three Lions... and the Azzurri of Italy

July 9, 2021

There's guaranteed to be one ecstatically happy person in the house of married Asda Eastleigh colleagues Fabrizio Facchini and Leigh Dodds when England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

The couple will be watching the big game on TV with friends, with home shopping picker Fab cheering on his native Italy and community champion Leigh hoping England can pick up their first major trophy for 55 years.

Leigh, who's 52, said: "It's been really tense watching both teams in the Euros and we are both surprised just how well we have done. I've been watching quite a few of the matches but I did however fall asleep during the Italy versus Spain semi-final, only waking up for the penalties!

"At the start of the Euros, Fab didn't think his team would get this far – he thought that Belgium would win the tournament.

"We will be watching Sunday's final together and there will be some good-natured banter, but I do hope England will win 2-0. We will be putting up the winning team's flag, no matter who wins!"

Fifty-nine-year-old Fab, who moved to England 35 years, proudly wears his Italian top for work and says he gets a bit of friendly ribbing from colleagues.

Leigh said: "He takes it all in his stride, as he's a very chilled guy. Because of how long he's been here I think he's got a bit of English in him now too!"

Football-mad Fab, who supports Inter Milan, says he enjoys the friendly rivalry with his workmates.

He said: "I often hear them singing 'It's Coming Home' and I just say, 'which home?' It's just a bit of banter."

On Sunday's match, Fab says: "I hope that it's an entertaining game – that's all we can ask for. I think it will be close, but I still think it will be 2-1 Italy though!"

He says he's been impressed by Three Lions players Luke Shaw, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and, of course, captain Harry Kane.

"Kane's a great centre forward," said Fab. "I just hope he doesn't score against us!"

Leigh and Fab, who met 12 years ago, both started working at the Eastleigh store in March 2020. They also run a taxi driving business in the town.

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