England coach Roy Hodgson insists he will get a team on the pitch that will give France a game in the Euro 2012 opener in Donetsk next Monday.

Hodgson has lost three important members of his squad through injury, while also being lambasted by Rio Ferdinand's representative over the Manchester United man's omission. He will hope the dust settles quickly to allow him to concentrate on preparing his team to meet the in-form French, who took their unbeaten run to 21 by beating Estonia on Sunday.

Hodgson has seen enough over the past couple of weeks to believe the Three Lions can present Laurent Blanc's men with a stern challenge. He said: "Whether we can beat France I don't know because when you have gone 21 games unbeaten you obviously have something."

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