Plus ca change

New coach, new look squad, new style of play? Not according to France boss, Laurent Blanc, who was asked about the way England will play under new manager Roy Hodgson.

France have been drawn alongside England in Group D for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, and will meet on June 11 in Donetsk.

“We know him (Hodgson) well from the campaign with Fulham to the Europa League final,” Blanc told The Times.

“We know his system, his philosophy. We know he has a preference for 4-4-2, but it’s different from club to country. We’ll have to watch those friendly games to see how he’s going to line up.

“But I’ve seen the squad. I know them all. England will be a tough opponent, but I don’t think there will be big surprises.”