"I used to have a few tangles with Vieira when he was at Arsenal," he said. "He's a world class player but that's who you want to pit yourself against. I think most of the lads will be the same in wanting to go out there and compete.
"Yes, they are names but you can't treat them like that. You have to treat them as a team and hold no fears. It's about playing the match and not the occasion.
"I've played against Vieira a few times and you rise to the challenge against those sort of players. I'm not saying I'm going to go there and dominate him because he's one of the best midfielders in the world with a real physical presence. But it will be a joy to play against him again and we'll see what happens.
"I think the whole squad has shown we can handle that company. We won't dominate France but we can compete even though it's difficult. We have resilience and team spirit and that can go a long way."