EU chief executive wants Italy to win Euro 2020

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FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the European Parliament

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union chief executive Ursula von der Leyen is rooting for Italy to beat England on Sunday in the Euro 2020 soccer final, a European Commission spokesperson said on Friday.

"Her heart is with the Squadra Azzurra, so she will be supporting Italy on Sunday," the spokesperson told a regular Commission briefing when asked by reporters who von der Leyen, a German national, was backing in the final at Wembley.

Commission officials who oversee the working of the 27-nation bloc usually avoid taking national positions, but Britain's departure from the EU made von der Leyen's allegiance to founding EU member Italy inevitable.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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