France defender Patrice Evra fears England will have received a welcome shot in the arm ahead of Euro 2012 after Chelsea's UEFA Champions League success.
Roy Hodgson's Three Lions will travel to Poland and Ukraine this summer with a squad which is missing players through injury and suspension.
With Hodgson also having taken over at short notice, England are therefore surrounded by low expectations ahead of the finals, when they will face France, Sweden and Ukraine.
But Evra sees comparisons with Chelsea, who, despite a season previously disrupted by internal crisis, went on to dramatically win their first European Cup under the guidance of interim first-team coach Roberto Di Matteo.
Ahead of taking on England in Donetsk on 11th June, Manchester United defender Evra said: "I take the example of Chelsea. They were at rock bottom when Di Matteo took over.
"But they've ended up as champions of Europe. The England team remain the team who really want to beat us."