France captain Lloris highlights threat of England striking options

The Lyon goalkeeper believes Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll pose a threat to his defence, but claims whoever starts in attack for the Three Lions will not be given space

France captain Hugo Lloris has spoken about the threat England possess ahead of their clash on Monday evening, claiming that whoever starts in attack will not be allowed space.

The last time the two sides met was during a friendly in November 2010 when the French recorded a 2-1 win at Wembley, with a goal each from Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena enough to pick up the victory against a new-look England team, in which Andy Carroll was making his debut.

The Liverpool man is vying with Danny Welbeck to lead the line in Donetsk but Lloris believes that whoever starts in attack for Roy Hodgson’s men will be tightly marshalled.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “Carroll is very strong in the air, and Welbeck likes to drop deep. They have different characteristics and we can’t allow them any space.

"Our preparation was based on the game here. We have a lot of desire and determination. There is 24 hours to go.

“We will continue our preparation and we hope to get out of this match all that we give, and no regrets.”

France are currently on an unbeaten run of 21 matches and Lloris admitted that has given them a confidence boost coming into the tournament. But at the same time he feels it won’t have any bearing once they step onto the pitch.

“This series [of 21 matches without defeat] is important for our confidence,” he says. “But it doesn’t affect this match.

“Yet again, the group feels good, we keep training, and we are taking advantage of every moment on and off the field. I hope that tomorrow the adventure will start in the best of ways.

“There is a lot of serenity. The group is feeling good and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”

The Lyon goalkeeper discussed France’s initial aims for the competition and said they are just looking at getting past the group stage, but not any further for the moment.

“What is a success in the Euros?” he pondered. “We aren’t thinking about that.  Our first objective is to get to the quarter-final.

“After that, anything can happen. Everyone is fighting for the team and we all want to succeed."

France’s match against England will kick-off in Shakhtar Donetsk’s Donbass Arena at 17:00CET on Monday afternoon.