Group D of Euro 2012 kicks into life with the old enemies facing each other in what is a mouth-watering clash.
Les Bleus’ coach has stated that it will be a close game, and that his men are wary of the Three Lions’ quick attackers.
“They’ll drop back, have a bank of four with some quick players in there, and try and hit us on the break,” Blanc stated to reporters, published by The Guardian.
“We need to be careful with that and make sure we’re not caught off guard. If there’s space in behind our back four, they’ll counter-attack. If they play Danny Welbeck, we’ll have to leave him as little space as possible to exploit.
“But we’ll play our own style. If we sat back and waited for the English to come at us, it’d be 0-0 and we might end up only threatening to score a goal from a set-piece.
“No, there’ll be two very different philosophies on show and I hope the side that plays more football will win the game, even if that’s not always the case. We’ve stored up confidence from our unbeaten run, and we’re ready and eager to get our tournament started,” he admitted.
Sweden and Ukraine complete the first round of fixtures in the other Group D match.
By Gareth McKnight