Defender worried over Euro opener
Arsenal and France defender Laurent Koscielny says losing to England in the opening Group D game at Euro 2012 "would be a disaster".
The two nations begin their group qualification campaigns at Dombass Arena on day four (June 11) of the Poland and Ukraine tournament, this summer.
Both sides will be keen to avoid defeat and Arsenal defender Koscielny said Les Bleus would be treating the match "like a final".
The French have not lost a competitive fixture in 19 games under the stewardship of Laurent Blanc but Koscielny, who has just one international cap, argued qualifying form goes out of the window for a fixture of such importance.
He described a meeting with Roy Hodgson's men in Donetsk as "the worst possible draw" and said it was imperative France did not lose.
"Our first match is like a final for us," Koscielny told the Daily Mirror. "To play against England is the worst possible draw but it will be an enormous chance for us to progress if we win.
"We can't afford to lose. Normally you might expect France and England to qualify for the second phase but football never works like that.
"We know this is like a final because defeat would be a disaster."