Ex-Chelsea captain Dennis Wise sends message to Gianluca Vialli ahead of Italy's Euro 2020 tie

Chelsea fans would have been hit with a wave of nostalgia if they had clocked Dennis Wise and Gianluca Vialli’s recent social media interaction.

Vialli posted a picture to his Instagram of himself on a plane with the Italy national team as they make their way to London.

Roberto Mancini’s side are set to face Spain in the European Championship semi-final at Wembley this evening.

Mancini and Vialli have masterminded an unbeaten tournament up to this point, knocking out number one seeded Belgium on route.


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Awaiting them in the final will either be Denmark or England, who play their match on Wednesday.

Wise was so confident the Three Lions would beat Denmark, he replied to Vialli’s upload with a simple six-word statement.

Of course, Wise and Vialli have a strong Chelsea connection, hence their loving exchange.

Both played together at Stamford Bridge between 1996 and 2000, a period where Vialli actually became Blues player-manager in 1998.

He had the fortunate of calling upon Wise as his captain until the Italian was replaced by Claudio Ranieri.

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Although the pair eventually went their separate ways from South West London, they’ve clearly kept true to their blue DNA.

With the focus mainly on their respective nations over the next two days, Wise and Vialli will also be keeping a keen eye on the Chelsea representatives in the semis.

Italy, England, Denmark, and Spain all have at least one member of Thomas Tuchel’s squad available to play if required.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.