Desailly tips England to ‘surprise’ at Euros

Marcel Desailly

France legend Marcel Desailly reckons England could end their long trophy-less run at Euro 2016 because there is less pressure on them now.

Desailly, a world and European champion with France, told 3FM 92.7 that Roy Hodgson’s men could benefit from the presence of many young players who feel no pressure.

“England are really going to be the surprise. They qualified quiet easily in their group, nobody is expecting them really and they have these young players who doesn’t really feel the pressure because they don’t have any responsibility, they are not yet top class players who have heavy pressure on their shoulders so I do believe that England will surprise everyone,” he told 3FM 92.7

“Then you have the obvious one Belgium. We are expecting them because when you look at their team individually they have a huge squad, amazing squad. The problem is that, is it going to work collectively at the same time for the tournament to go and win? I am not sure.”

Desailly is not so sure about France this year but is hopeful they would become a major force in future.

He said: “We are expecting now that with Deschamps and new leaders like Varane, Pogba and Greizmann who is responsible for the offensive animation of the France team. It looks like these guys are stable players, not yet confirmed in their clubs. They are doing well but not really leaders in their clubs but we are hoping that they are trying to build up.

I hope they win the Euro in France but we need to think about them for the future. France can follow the example of Germany in 2008 when they lost the Euro to Spain but everyone knew they will be a top team in the future.”


Story by Yaw Ofosu Larbi |

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