"--IANS/EFE"
Rio de Janeiro, June 16 (IANS/EFE) Former France international striker Thierry Henry was surprised with Spain's heavy defeat in the World Cup and hoped his team would at least make it to the quarter-finals.

The Frenchman said that Les Bleus, as the French team is known, will reach the quarter-finals in Brazil, reports EFE. The Arsenal legend feels that sans Franck Ribery, the French still have lot of attacking options.

Henry said the current generation of French players are promising and the 2014 World Cup will be the best rehearsal for the upcoming EURO 2016 which France will host.

France kicked off their campaign in Brazil with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Honduras in Estadio Beira-Rio.

Henry was also shocked to see Spain suffer humiliation against the Netherlands. He said Spain won three major tournaments in a row, EURO 2008, 2010 World Cup 2010, EURO 2012, and managed to keep the top spot in the world which is a tough to do.

--IANS/EFE

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