France (10/1 Euro 2012 outright with bet365) boss Laurent Blanc has rejected claims that England go into Euro 2012 under strength and says the Three Lions are as big a threat as anyone at the tournament.
The two sides meet in their opening Group D game in Donetsk on Monday with Les Bleus the favourites to take the win due to England’s untimely spate of injuries over the last few weeks.
Roy Hodgson is without key midfielders Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry for the tournament, while first-choice central defender Gary Cahill has also been ruled out of the championships after breaking his jaw against Belgium last Saturday.
This has prompted suggestions that England have less chance of success than at previous competitions, something captain Steven Gerrard has said may work in their favour as they have less pressure on them.
Despite the doom and gloom surrounding the English camp, Blanc believes they still have the potential to challenge for the title and says his side certainly won’t be taken them lightly when they meet on Monday (France 7/5, draw 21/10, England 11/5 with bet365).
“The English will be present at the right moment, don’t worry,” said Blanc. “We know their strength. Despite withdrawals, it will be complex to face them.
“I’m not saying English fans have nothing to worry about, but if Gerrard, Young and Milner are not good players then I’m misunderstanding something.
“Maybe it is the role of the English press to create drama, but it remains a competitive team.”