France - England games are like derbies, says Sagna

The Frenchman believes that there is a big rivalry between the Three Lions and Les Bleus, but feels the two sides' 2010 friendly will have no bearing on the Euro 2012 clash

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna believes that the rivalry between France and England makes their matches similar to derby games.

The 29-year-old, who is missing from Laurent Blanc’s squad after breaking his leg playing for his club, lined up for Les Bleus at Wembley in a friendly in November 2010, and said that the competitive atmosphere in clashes between the two countries is similar to that of a meeting between two local rivals.

"It is like a derby. Every time France play England it is massive. No one wants to lose," he told Arsenal's official website.

The 29-year-old admits despite France's victory in the last encounter between the team, playing in a tournament is a different matter and believes England have come a long way since losing the Wembley friendly.

"We beat them at Wembley, but this game will be totally different," he added.

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"They have changed manager as well, and have new players coming into the team so it will be very different."

Sagna feels the tournament will only be a success for Blanc's side if his compatriots go on to win the competition, repeating their Euro 2000 success.

"[A successful tournament for France] can only be winning it. You can only be successful by winning something. We want to go far and play good football as well," he said.

The last time England met France in a major tournament was at Euro 2004, when the French ran out 2-1 victors thanks to a Zinedine Zidane double.