By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Both France and England are not among the favourites to lift the European Championship trophy after disappointing in recent major tournaments.
England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 and bowed out at the second round of the 2010 World Cup after a 4-1 loss against Germany.
France were arguably worse off, being eliminated in the group stages of Euro 2008 and a complete meltdown saw them leave the 2010 World Cup in the grop stages amidst controversy which prompted French president Nicolas Sarkozy to intervene.
Both nations are in Group D together, along with Sweden and hosts Ukraine and are both favoured to progress to the next stage, where they will face the top two of Group C, which contains Spain and Italy.
Alonso is wary of the lowered expectations for both countries, but is far from underestimating them.
"France and England are in that bunch of teams who are capable of going far. They are part of that group because of the players they have and their respective histories," Alonso said on FIFA's official website.
"They have this competitive instinct and even if they aren't talked about much with respect to this competition, they are more than able of attaining their targets."
Spain will be defending their Euro 2008 title and looking to become the first nation to win three major trophies in six years.