Evra: England can emulate Chelsea at Euro 2012

Callum Winterford
Evra: England can emulate Chelsea at Euro 2012

France defender Patrice Evra believes that England will hope to reproduce Chelsea's Champions League-winning spirit during Euro 2012.

England meets Laurent Blanc's men in Donetsk on June 11, a game that will kick off Group D.

The 31-year-old is adamant that Chelsea's European Cup win, in which the club defied the odds to beat Bayern Munich in the final in its own stadium after a sensational semifinal triumph against Barcelona, will give the national side added impetus.

“I take the example of Chelsea. They were at rock bottom when [Roberto] Di Matteo took over," he told The Sun. “But they’ve ended up as champions of Europe. The England team remain the team who really want to beat us.”

The Three Lions will be without Evra's Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney for the opener, after he was handed a two-match ban for his kick at Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic in the qualifiers.

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