Ex-Manchester United star Patrice Evra denies comments about picking Senegal over France

Former Juventus and Manchester United star Patrice Evra came under immense scrutiny after it was reported on Friday that he had regrets concerning his choice of the national team.

According to what is reported now by RMC Sport, one member of Evra’s entourage has come forward to deny the claims, saying that the comments, made by the full-back during his visit to Ghana, have been distorted and wrongly covered by the media.

Evra was reported to have said

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

But, as suggested by RMC Sport, he never mentioned that in the interview. Meanwhile, a clip of his speech in Ghana has revealed the credibility of the fact. In the same footage, he is witnessed as saying:

“I was born in Dakar, I play for France. When I was young, my parents gave me the chance to choose my national team. Because I grew up in France, I chose France. But I realized later that it’s really important to choose your own country. One of the painful lessons I learned with this choice is that when you play well and you win, you are French; when the team loses, you are considered a Senegalese player.”

Making his international debut in 2004, Evra went on to amass 81 appearances for France and made the World Cup squad in 2010 and 2014. He was also part of Les Blues’ Euro squad in 2008, 2012, and 2016, respectively. 

GFFN | Jyotirmoy Halder

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