"But the powers that be at England have not fully appreciated what they can offer a team.
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France completed their two most recent Grand Slams (2004 and 2010) against England, but having been held to a draw by Ireland, the Tricolores will have to summon motivation from elsewhere this weekend.
"England don't want creative players, they are just trying not to lose."
Lancaster has said he is trying to build an attacking philosophy into his England squad.
The England head coach trimmed his squad on Wednesday ahead of the weekend's Six Nations action, with Joe Launchbury, Charlie Sharples and Jordan Turner-Hall all returning to their clubs.
It means 24 players will gather at England's training base in Surrey on Thursday evening. The starting XV and replacements will be announced on Friday morning, before the squad travels to Paris later that day.
Looking ahead to Sunday's match, Hodgson's England team-mate Alex Corbisiero says France present a tough challenge with their formidable front row.
He said: "If they see any weakness or smell blood they will go in for the kill and they will come to every scrum. We are going to have to match them."
The London Irish prop added: "It is going to be tough, we're expecting a real battle. As a team we're going to have to work for 80 minutes and get the win."
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