Former Manchester United, Juventus, Monaco and Marseille defender Patrice Evra has revealed that he wishes he had represented Senegal rather than France at international level.
Evra, born in Dakar, Senegal, made 81 appearances for Les Bleus, after having made his debut back in 2004. He was part of France’s World Cup squad in 2010 and 2014 and was also part of their Euros squad in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
However, he now reveals that he regrets having chosen to play for the French national side. In an interview transcribed by RMC, he said, “If I could go back in time, I would have chosen to represent my home country Senegal, instead of France… when you play and you win, you are celebrated as French, but when the team loses, you are singled out as Senegalese. We need to let this young generation know that they can still succeed playing for their original countries.”
Evra retired in 2019 after a short spell at Premier League side West Ham United.