Evra: England can emulate Chelsea at Euro 2012

The Manchester United defender insists that the west London club's European triumph proves why the Three Lions could be the team to fear in Poland and Ukraine
France defender Patrice Evra believes that England will hope to reproduce Chelsea's Champions League-winning spirit during Euro 2012.

England meet Laurent Blanc's men in Donetsk on June 11, a game that will kick off Group D.

And the 31-year-old is adamant that Chelsea's European Cup win, in which they defied the odds to beat Bayern Munich in the final in their own stadium after a sensational semi-final triumph against Barcelona, will give the national side added impetus.

“I take the example of Chelsea. They were at rock bottom when [Roberto] Di Matteo took over," he The Sun.

“But they’ve ended up as champions of Europe. The England team remain the team who really want to beat us.”

The Three Lions will be without Evra's Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney for the opener, after he was handed a two-match ban for his kick at Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic in the qualifiers.