The Bordeaux midfielder is looking forward to the play-off double-header...
"First and foremost Ireland are a quality side, they didn’t lose a single game in a group that also featured world champions Italy. You have to respect their strength," said Gourcuff to FIFA.com.
"They also play a British-style game so we’ll be expecting lots of commitment and intensity. On top of all that the atmosphere is sure to be fantastic. The fans over there usually inspire the players to play above themselves.
"What we have to do more than anything else is just play our game. Physical battles are part of football and we can’t avoid them. If we are going to impose our style, we need to win as many of them as possible," continued the tricky midfielder.
"Do I think there is a chance France might go out? No. That’s absolutely out of the question."
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com