Road to the Euros

Malouda: France are on the up

March 2, 2012
By ESPN staff

Chelsea star Florent Malouda feels France are ready to emerge from the shadows and star at Euro 2012 - taking England down on the way.

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France were the laughing stock of the 2010 World Cup, as they crashed out amid in fighting under coach Raymond Domenech.

Laurent Blanc took charge and led France through European Championship qualifying - with their reward being a place in the same group as England.

And while England limbered up with a home defeat to Netherlands, France pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Germany.

Malouda feels the win proves France are on the right track and has his eye on England, who he claims are inferior to Germany.

"Germany are a superior team to England, yet we beat them," Malouda said. "We can surprise the entire world if we carry on in this way.

"We must not get big-headed as we have gone out in the first round at the last two tournaments.

"It was a friendly and competitive games are completely different but we were confident, spirited and fearless against Germany.

"We have to aim to be at least getting past the first round in the Euros."