France fullback Patrice Evra has rebuffed suggestions that it was a foregone conclusion Les Blues would be playing England in the quarter-finals of the Euros.
The French know full well how tough it is to play against the perceived underdogs at this year's European Championship after the struggled to overcome Ireland in their own round of 16 clash.
The Irish stunned the Euro 2016 hosts with an early goal, giving their travelling fans hope that the ftournament's first true upset could be on the cards.
Didier Deschamps' side showed no signs of panic, however, and dominated the remainder of the clash, with an Antoine Griezmann double breaking Irish hearts.
"It was difficult, but we know that," Evra told ITV. "No one game is easy in this tournament. Last night [Saturday], people said that Croatia would win easily against Portugal, but, to be fair, I knew it would be difficult today."
Speaking about their potential quarter-final opponents, Evra, who spent almost nine years in England playing for Manchester United, pointed out that Iceland should not be underestimated in their match against the Three Lions.
"It's going to be a tough game, but, like I say, we should stop saying it probably will be England," he said. "Just wait – they are playing against Iceland. Every game is difficult.
"But of course, if we play against England, for me, it will be a special game. I always say thanks to the English people, to English football, because I have some great memories with Manchester United.
"I played for nine years over there, and for me it will be special," he added.