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  Euro 2004: England facing France
Updated 30 November 2003, 13.00
England captain David Beckham in action
England's footballers have been drawn against defending champions France in the group stage of next year's European Championship.

Switzerland and Croatia are the other rivals for Sven Goran Eriksson's men in their Group B games.

England will face France in their opening game in the tournament - being hosted by Portugal - on 13 June.

The last time the two teams met was three years ago, when the then world champions were held to a 1-1 draw.

Arsenal star Thierry Henry plays for France
Arsenal star Thierry Henry plays for France

The score was also 1-1 when England last played Switzerland in 1998.

However, they notched up a 3-1 victory in their most recent match against Croatia which took place in August.

Sven said he was "really looking forward to the game against France".

"It's a big game against one of the tournament favourites and it will be very tough."

Difficult

Arsenal's Thierry Henry is among the players expected to turn out for France.

England may be facing the current champs, but Sven pinpointed Group D as the most difficult to get through.

It's made up of Germany, Holland, the Czech Republic and Latvia.

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