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Evra: If I’ve A Chance, I Would Love To Represent Senegal

Evra: If I’ve A Chance, I Would Love To Represent Senegal

Former Manchester United star, Patrice Evra has made a startling revelation that he regretted representing France instead of Senegal during his football playing days.

Evra stated this in a chat with Sports Brief, where he noted that he was always regarded as a Senegalese each time the France loses a game.

“If I could go back, I would choose to represent my native country, Senegal.

“When I was young, my parents gave me the chance to choose my national team and because I grew up in France, I chose France.

“But I realised later that choosing my own country became political. One of the painful lessons I learned with this pick is that when you play well and win, you are French; when the team loses, you are considered Senegalese.”

Evra is also a France international. He participated in five major international tournaments for France: the 2008, 2012 and 2016 UEFA European Championships, winning a runners-up medal at Euro 2016; and both the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

Ahead of the 2010 World Cup, Evra was named captain of the national team by manager Raymond Domenech. At the tournament, he appeared in two group matches, although France had a poor campaign that saw the players go on strike after a first-round elimination. The incident resulted in Evra, for his role as captain, being suspended from national team duty for five matches.

He returned to the squad and enjoyed a successful 2014 World Cup in Brazil under Didier Deschamps as France reached the quarter-finals.


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