Evra: We won’t repeat England mistakes

Patrice Evra has assured fans that France will not be underestimating their opponents in Sunday's quarter-final clash with Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland.

The 35-year-old left-back, who urged the media not to assume that England will be Les Bleus' next opponents, is well aware that a loss to the tournament debutants will be a bigger embarrassment than the one suffered by the Three Lions on Monday.

"I said it's logical that England would win, but it's always 50-50," Evra said at a press conference. "There are a lot of people who have underestimated the so-called inferior nations. This tournament is difficult.

"At the end of our match [against the Republic of Ireland in the last 16] there were a lot of English journalists who spoke about playing France. You know in football anything can happen. Let's see what happens now.

"In football you have to never underestimate your opponent. What worries me a little bit is people say the English did not respect Iceland. We have to respect Iceland, it is four or five years they have been playing together. They beat Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic – if they are here it is not by chance.

"We have to tell them 'bravo'. They have done everything for their people. They have great fans. It's going to be a complicated match.

"I played in England against [Gylfi] Sigurdsson and he is a great player. They are not just players who play with throw-ins. I respect this team and there are options not to fall into the trap [that England did]."

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