Nasri aware of England threat
France playmaker determined to avoid defeat in Euro opener
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: June 8, 2012 12:01pm
Samir Nasri: Aware that France will need to be at their best against England
Samir Nasri is determined to help France pick up a vital victory over England at Euro 2012, but concedes that the Three Lions are dangerous opponents.
France playmaker Nasri will face a number of his club colleagues from Manchester City when Les Bleus line-up against England on Monday.
He admits defeat in that contest is not an option, with it vital that Laurent Blanc's side make a flying start to their European Championship campaign.
He is, however, fully aware of England's strengths and the fact that two old adversaries will not want to give an inch when they square up in the heat of continental battle.
"Against England there is no choice, I need a win. Otherwise I will go back to City and be teased by everyone," Nasri told France Football.
"The only advantage I can see at the moment is the suspension of Wayne Rooney.
"But England are England, they are amazing fighters and competitors.
"The changing of the coach will not have much influence on them. Roy Hodgson knows all of the players well and he did a good job at West Brom and Fulham. He made his teams play well.
"England will also be looking for revenge, and for some of their players this will be their last big international competition."