Hugo Lloris reveals France are eager to prove point at Euro 2016

As the host nation, France go into this summer's Championships with a lot of expectation - something that captain Hugo Lloris feels should be justified with a strong start against Romania.

Hugo Lloris reveals France are eager to prove point at Euro 2016
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France kick off this year's European Championships with a mismatch - at least it seems so on paper - against Romania on Friday evening at 8PM BST time. Les Blues are in encouraging form of late, having won 10 of their 14 international friendlies since the start of 2015.

Lloris reveals importance of a good start

In the pre-match news conference ahead of tomorrow's curtain raiser, Lloris admitted there is "a lot of expectation" on the players, who understand the "importance" of the match itself, as well as how important it is for them to make a good start to proceedings.

Lloris, who was in good form domestically with Spurs, will look to continue to do so with his native France. | Photo: Getty
Lloris, who was in good form domestically with Spurs, will look to continue to do so with his native France. | Photo: Getty

"We've played friendlies for two years and there have been a lot of positives, but things start for real tomorrow."

France one of the tournament favourites

The Tottenham goalkeeper, 29, is in line to win his 76th national cap ahead of tomorrow's clash in Saint-Denis, and with top-quality players such as Juventus' Paul Pogba and Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in the ranks, there is definitely reason to be optimistic about France's chances of going all the way this summer.

From L-R: Jallet, Griezmann, Pogba and Payet in training this afternoon. | Photo: Getty
From L-R: Jallet, Griezmann, Pogba and Payet all pictured in training this afternoon. | Photo: Getty

Lloris said that for everyone [within the 23-man squad], it's "the most important competition of their career."

"As long as we have this spirit, the hunger to win tackles I have no doubts."

With the aforementioned Romanians, Albania and Switzerland in Group A, the hosts will undoubtedly be expected to top their group - but underdogs love to spring surprises, especially in the major tournaments. If they're able to progress into the knockout rounds, you'd assume the collective spirit from the nation would help encourage them for further success. He rejected the suggestion that France themselves are favourites - saying the team have "done nothing" and have failed to prove anything in comparison to both Germany and Spain.

"Playing on home soil gives us a little bit of an advantage, and we have to use it."

Quotes' source: ESPN