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Lloris wary of England strike force

SoccerNews in English Premier League 10 Jun 2012

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France captain Hugo Lloris is wary of the attacking threat England possess ahead of their Euro 2012 clash on Monday.

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.

Andy Carroll made his international debut in that match and the Liverpool man is vying with Danny Welbeck to lead the line in Donetsk, but Lloris believes Roy Hodgson’s men will be tightly marshalled whoever starts in attack.

“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,” Lloris told reporters.

“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 on an unbeaten run of 21 matches and the shot-stopper said that has given them a confidence boost coming into the tournament.

“This series is important for our confidence,” Lloris said. “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.”

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