France manager Raymond Domenech has described Wayne Rooney as his 'idol' but admitted he is fearful of coming up against the England striker at the World Cup.
Les Bleus kick off their Group A campaign against Uruguay on Friday and their immediate focus will be on making it through to the last 16.
But if France top their group and progress to the quarter-finals then England would be possible opponents, and Domenech is already concerned about such a challenge.
"That worries me a bit, especially if Rooney's playing," Domenech said, before outlining the extent of his admiration for the Manchester United man.
"Rooney is my idol, a player who makes me feel just like a fan whenever I watch him.
"It's like I'm in the stands with a scarf around my neck shouting 'Allez Rooney!' He's got great technique and he always delivers an end result.
"He's the centre-forward everyone dreams of having in their side."
Another Manchester United player held in high regard by Domenech is Patrice Evra, who will skipper France in South Africa.
Domenech hopes that by appointing the popular left-back, the rest of the squad will be lifted and play to their potential.
"Patrice has been the soul of Manchester United," said Domenech.
"When, as a manager, you study Sir Alex Ferguson's club, you can only try to copy it.
"With Patrice's character, he gives you something - he sets the tone for the entire team."