The game on Monday night should be an extremely competitive encounter and could set the outcome as to the winner of Group D.
Both teams had a World Cup campaign to forget two years ago and there is no doubt that hopes are high of an improved performance in the latest major tournament.
Going into the match, England are in solid enough form with two 1-0 victories over Norway and Bulgaria in Roy Hodgson’s first two games in charge. Injuries have been a problem though with Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill and Gareth Barry already ruled out.
There is a solid look about England though and with the hard to beat mentality, Hodgson’s men can go into the tournament with confidence.
If they can remain solid at the back and have enough quality going forward – like Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck have displayed in the last two matches – they have a chance of beating France and having a decent tournament.
As for the French, they too have been winning games in the build up to Euro 2012. Building momentum with victories, Laurent Blanc’s men are being considered by many as the dark horses this summer.
Their starting eleven is extremely talented and will cause every team problems, including England. They have an organised look to their back line too, with the experienced Patrice Evra leading the way for them.
When France and England last met in a major tournament, it was back in Euro 2004 and the French came out on top with a 2-1 victory. This time around, both teams will be hoping for three points to put them in a decent position to progress from Group D.
With plenty of talented players on show, two managers involved in their first major tournament and a group of players looking to prove themselves, this could be an epic battle between two giants of European football.