France form not decisive says England coach

10 June 2012 04:17

England manager Roy Hodgson insisted Sunday his team were undaunted by France's scintillating form as the old rivals prepared for their opener here Monday.

"We are facing a team in excellent form, 21 matches unbeaten at any level, let alone international level, is a fine achievement," Hodgson said.

"But when you come to European Championships or World Cups, having good or bad form isn't the factor that's decisive.

"It's how your team plays on the night, how people adjust to the circumstances - they'll be slightly different here in Donetsk - and it's about what you can do as a team.

"We have full respect for the French, but I have the sense that our players are confident in their own ability."

Source: AFP

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