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Patrice Evrà

Patrice Latyr Evra (; born 15 May 1981) is a List of France international footballers who plays for English club Manchester United F.C. in the Premier League and the France national football team. Originally an attacker, Patrice Evrà primarily plays as a Defender (association football) Full back and is described as "the classic example of a modern full-back" who is renowned for Patrice Evrà "pace, athleticism, and determination". Of Senegalese descent, Evra "offers a genuine attacking outlet down the left" and is also "strong in the air" despite Patrice Evrà noticeably small frame.

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Patrice Latyr Evra (; born 15 May 1981) is a List of France international footballers who plays for English club Manchester United F.C. in the Premier League and the France national football team. Originally an attacker, Patrice Evrà primarily plays as a Defender (association football) Full back and is described as "the classic example of a modern full-back" who is renowned for Patrice Evrà "pace, athleticism, and determination". Of Senegalese descent, Evra "offers a genuine attacking outlet down the left" and is also "strong in the air" despite Patrice Evrà noticeably small frame.

The son of a diplomat, Evra was born in Senegal and arrived in Europe when Patrice Evrà was a year old. Patrice Evrà was raised in France and began Patrice Evrà football career playing for various clubs in the Île-de-France (region) Regions of France such as hometown club CO Les Ulis and CSF Brétigny. In 1997, Patrice Evrà had a stint at professional club Paris Saint-Germain F.C.. A year later, Evra seized Patrice Evrà first footballing opportunity in neighboring Italy when Patrice Evrà signed Patrice Evrà first professional contract with S.C. Marsala 1912 in Sicily. Patrice Evrà made Patrice Evrà professional debut with the club and, in the ensuing season, joined Monza. After a year playing with A.C. Monza Brianza 1912, Evra returned to France to play for OGC Nice. Originally a midfielder, while playing at Nice, Patrice Evrà was converted into a full back. In 2002, Evra moved to Monaco club AS Monaco FC and contributed to the team that won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2003 Coupe de la Ligue Final. Patrice Evrà also featured in UEFA for the first time in Patrice Evrà career and, in the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League, was the starting left back on the Monaco team that reached the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final. In that same season domestically, Evra was named the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Ligue 1 Trophées UNFP du football Young Player of the Year. Patrice Evrà was also named to the organization's Ligue 1 Trophées UNFP du football Team of the Year.

Evra's performances with Monaco culminated into a move to English club Manchester United F.C. in January 2006. While playing for Manchester United, Evra has won a slew of trophies, which included winning the 2006 Football League Cup Final in Patrice Evrà debut season at the club. In Patrice Evrà second season, Patrice Evrà eclipsed compatriot Mikaël Silvestre and Gabriel Heinze as first-choice left back and has since won four Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League title, one FIFA Club World Cup, three League Cups, and four FA Community Shield titles. Evra has been named to the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) PFA Team of the Year on three occasions. For Patrice Evrà performances during the 2008–09 in English football, Patrice Evrà was named to both the FIFPro FIFA FIFPro World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year.

Evra is also a France national football team. Prior to playing at senior level, Patrice Evrà played at France national under-21 football team level. Patrice Evrà made Patrice Evrà senior international debut in August 2004 in a Exhibition match against Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. Evra has participated in two major international tournaments for France; UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the first competition, Patrice Evrà appeared in two group stage matches. Ahead of the 2010 World Cup, Evra was named List of France national football team captains by Domenech and bore the armband for the first time in the team's friendly match against Costa Rica national football team in May 2010. At the tournament, France endured a disastrous campaign which saw the players go on strike. The incident resulted in Evra, for Patrice Evrà role as captain, being suspended from national team duty for five matches.

Personal life

Evra was born in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, to a Senegalese father of Guinean descent and Juliette, a Cape Verdean mother. Patrice Evrà has a total of 25 siblings, although two are now deceased. Evra's father was a diplomat and, when Evra was 12 months old, moved to Brussels in Belgium to work at the Senegalese embassy.

Evra developed an interest in Association football at a young age and was fascinated by the play of former Brazil national football team Romário, though Patrice Evrà never really had an idol. Patrice Evrà also earned good grades in school. Patrice Evrà is fluent in five languages and is attempting to learn Korean language in order to better communicate with South Korean teammate and friend Park Ji-Sung. Evra originally played football in the forward (association football) position and, while training at Les Ulis, underwent trials with professional clubs Stade Rennais F.C. and RC Lens. Following the conclusion of the evaluations, Evra was rejected primarily due to Patrice Evrà size. Evra trained at the Camp des Loges for a few months, but was later released.

After failing to convince Paris Saint-Germain officials of Patrice Evrà ability as a footballer, Evra returned to Brétigny and was invited by a friend to participate in an indoor five-a-side football tournament organized by the Juvisy-sur-Orge sports center. While playing, Patrice Evrà was spotted by an Italy scout who offered Patrice Evrà the opportunity to attend a trial with professional club Torino F.C. in Italy. Evra only appeared in three matches, making Patrice Evrà debut on 29 August 1999 in a 2–1 away defeat against F.C. AlzanoCene 1909. Patrice Evrà left the club following one season after becoming frustrated due to Patrice Evrà lack of appearances. Midway through the campaign, Evra was called into the first team by manager Sandro Salvioni. Patrice Evrà was assigned the number 26 shirt and made Patrice Evrà club debut on 7 October 2000 in the team's 7–2 defeat to LB Châteauroux starting in the left winger position. Evra made four more appearances during the campaign appearing as a substitute in defeats to AS Cannes, AS Nancy, and starting in the team's 3–0 win over Stade Lavallois and 1–0 loss to Le Havre AC on the final match day of the season. Evra played primarily as Forward (association football) in the matches.

In the 2001–02 French Division 2, Evra switched to the number 17 shirt and was promoted to the first team on a permanent basis. In the team's first league match of the season against Laval, Patrice Evrà started in the team's 2–1 win. Towards the end of the match, reserve left back Jean-Charles Cirilli, who was starting in place of the regular starter José Cobos, suffered an injury, which required the player to be substituted out. Patrice Evrà appeared regularly in the campaign and, following the return of Cobos, was even allowed to play in Patrice Evrà preferred left wing role. With the club in the midst of a promotion battle, Evra scored Patrice Evrà first and only goal for Nice in Patrice Evrà last match with the club; a 4–3 win over Laval. The victory placed Nice in third place, which resulted in the club earning promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time since 1997. For Patrice Evrà performances, Evra was named to the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Ligue 2 Trophées UNFP du football Team of the Year 2 in the left back position. Evra was inserted into a back four that consisted of Defender (football) Rafael Márquez and Sébastien Squillaci and right back Franck Jurietti. Evra was assigned the number 3 shirt and made Patrice Evrà debut for the club in the opening match of the 2002–03 Ligue 1 against Troyes AC. Patrice Evrà played the entire match in a 4–0 win. On 28 September, Evra scored Patrice Evrà first goal for the club netting the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory against Stade Rennais F.C.. On 22 March 2003, Patrice Evrà scored Patrice Evrà second goal of the season in a 3–0 away win over Le Havre. The victory allowed Monaco to maintain its position at the top of the table as the club was in a three-way battle with Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille. Monaco climatically conceded first place to Lyon in May, which resulted in Lyon being declared champions for the first time in its history. Monaco finished the campaign in second place, which merited the club an appearance in the UEFA Champions League. The club was also rewarded domestically for its performance in the Coupe de la Ligue where it reached 2003 Coupe de la Ligue Final. Evra featured in the team's 4–1 win over FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in the match. The league cup title gave Evra the first major honour of Patrice Evrà career.

After the season, Marquez and Jurietti departed the club for Spanish club F.C. Barcelona and FC Girondins de Bordeaux, respectively. The two were replaced by Gaël Givet and Hugo Ibarra, the latter player joining the club on loan. In the 2003–04 Ligue 1, Deschamps installed Evra as a Captain (association football) and Patrice Evrà responded by appearing in 33 matches assisting on four goals. Monaco spent six months from September to March in first place, but, like last season, conceded the top spot to Lyon as the season wore on. Patrice Evrà appeared in all six group stage matches as Monaco finished in first place. For Patrice Evrà performances in the first half of the 2003–04 season, Evra was linked with a 2004 winter move to English club Arsenal F.C., Italian clubs Juventus F.C. and A.C. Milan, and Spanish outfit Barcelona.

After appearing consistently with the team, on 24 March 2004, Evra suffered an ankle injury in the team's 4–2 first leg defeat to Spanish club Real Madrid C.F. in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Evra subsequently missed two weeks in the league, but was healthy enough to return for the team's second leg quarter-final tie against Madrid, which Monaco won 3–1. The win allowed the club advancement to the Champions League semi-finals on the away goals rule. In the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final, Monaco were pitted against Portugal contenders F.C. Porto at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The club was defeated 3–0 by Porto. Evra played the full 90 minutes. After the season, Evra was given the UNFP Trophées UNFP du football Young Player of the Year award, becoming only the second defender and the first since 1997 (Philippe Christanval) to win the award. Patrice Evrà was also named to the organization's Ligue 1 Trophées UNFP du football Team of the Year.

Despite missing out on playing in UEFA Euro 2004, Evra endured a tumultuous summer in which the player was linked with moves with Manchester United in England and Juventus, as well F.C. Internazionale Milano in Italy. Despite offers, Evra remained at Monaco. On 24 September 2004, Patrice Evrà signed a one-year contract extension with the club until 2008. In the season, Evra was a regular appearing in a career-high 52 matches scoring one goal and assisting on seven as Monaco reached the semi-finals in both the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France. In the Champions League, Monaco reached the first knockout round where the club suffered defeat to PSV 3–0 on aggregate. Evra appeared in nine of the ten matches the team contested in the competition. Despite several clubs declaring interest in Evra, Deschamps declared that the player would not be sold. At the start of the 2005–06 Ligue 1, Monaco struggled falling to 15th place after only a month of play. In September, Deschamps surprisingly resigned as manager of the club due to the its poor start, despite the media declaring it was because of Patrice Evrà constant disagreements with the club president. On 21 December 2005, Evra made Patrice Evrà final appearance with the club in a 1–0 win over Lille OSC in the Coupe de la Ligue.

Manchester United

2006–2008


On 27 December, French sources revealed that Manchester United was interested in signing Evra. Despite rumors of Monaco reaching a transfer agreement with Italian club Internazionale, on 3 January 2006, Evra revealed that he'd prefer to move to England to join Manchester United. The following day, Manchester United officially issued a transfer bid for the player. On 6 January, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed that a deal for Evra was done. Four days later, the transfer was official as Evra joined the club for a transfer fee of around Pound sterling5.5 million and put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract. Evra's arrival signalled Ferguson's intention to shore up the club's defence that had suffered since the sidelining of Gabriel Heinze.

Evra initially had some problems adapting to the English game. Patrice Evrà made Patrice Evrà debut for the club on 14 January in a 3–1 away defeat to Manchester City F.C. in the Premier League. Patrice Evrà was substituted out at half-time after failing to make an impact. Following the conclusion of the match, Ferguson stated "Maybe it was a bit of a gamble playing Evra", while the player himself admitted that "playing for Manchester United was something I was not prepared for". Despite the initial set-back, Evra started in the team's ensuing match against Liverpool, a 1–0 victory, and was praised for Patrice Evrà performance by team-mate Rio Ferdinand. On 26 February, Evra appeared as a substitute in United's 4–0 win over Wigan Athletic F.C. in the 2006 Football League Cup Final. On 2 March, it was reported that Liverpool defender Steve Finnan had racially abused Evra in the match. The abuse claims surfaced from two deaf television viewers lodging a police complaint. The viewers claimed to have lip-read Finnan abusing Evra during the televised match. Finnan denied the charge and, after an investigation, The Football Association (FA) decided against charging the player. Evra regularly alternated between the bench and the starting eleven to close out the campaign. Patrice Evrà finished the half season with 14 total appearances.

In Evra's 2006–07 FA Premier League, Patrice Evrà struggled to consistently appear as a starter early on in the season as Ferguson preferred Evra's compatriot Mikaël Silvestre. After appearing as an unused substitute in United's first two Champions League matches, on 17 October 2006, Evra made Patrice Evrà European debut for the club in its 3–0 group stage win over Denmark club F.C. Copenhagen. On 18 November, Patrice Evrà assisted on the game-winning goal scored by Wayne Rooney in the team's 2–1 win over Sheffield United F.C.. Eight days later, Evra scored Patrice Evrà first goal for the club in a 3–0 league win over Everton F.C.. Patrice Evrà also assisted on a goal in the match. By December, Evra began featuring as a regular in the starting eleven. After starting in United's 3–1 Champions League win over Portugal club S.L. Benfica on 6 December, the left back went on a streak, in which Patrice Evrà started nine consecutive matches. Evra assisted on goals in two of the matches; a Rooney goal in a 2–1 away defeat to Arsenal and another in a 2–0 victory over Charlton Athletic F.C.. On 10 April 2007, Evra scored the final goal in a 7–1 second leg mastery of Roma. The goal was Patrice Evrà first-ever in the Champions League and helped progress Manchester United to the semi-finals where the club suffered defeat to the eventual champions Milan. Following the league season, which Manchester United won by a six-point margin, Evra was named to the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) PFA Team of the Year, despite only appearing in 24 league matches.

Evra began the 2007–08 Manchester United F.C. season as the first-choice left back. Patrice Evrà began the campaign appearing in United's 3–0 Penalty shootout (association football) win over rivals Chelsea in the 2007 FA Community Shield. In competitive matches, Evra appeared in the club's first 12 matches. Evra returned to the team a few days later for the team's league match against Arsenal. The rest paid off as Patrice Evrà assisted on a Cristiano Ronaldo goal in the 82nd minute to give United a 2–1 lead. France international teammate William Gallas later equalized for Arsenal to draw the match at 2–2. In the return leg against Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League, Evra assisted on a goal in a 4–0 victory. Though Patrice Evrà made 48 appearances in all competitions, Evra failed to score a goal. The club later completed Double (association football) after defeating the same club on penalties in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final. Evra made ten appearances in the competition, which included playing the entire 120 minutes in the final.

2008–present


Prior to the start of the 2008–09 Premier League, on 18 July 2008, Evra was charged with four separate counts of improper conduct by the FA. The charges were related to an incident that occurred during the 2007–08 season when Evra had an altercation with a Chelsea groundsman during a cool-down following a match on 26 April. The defender denied the charges and was supported by several members of the club’s staff who commented that the player was racially abused by the groundsman prior to the confrontation. Despite the charges, Evra remained free to play for United up to the date for the hearing despite the charges being made in July 2008. Patrice Evrà began the campaign in similar fashion to last season as Manchester United won the Community Shield following the team's 3–0 victory over Portsmouth F.C. on penalties. Evra was ever-present in Manchester United's first 22 competitive matches of the season starting 19 of them. On the date of the hearing, Evra was handed a four-match ban – due to start on 22 December 2008 – and a £15,000 fine after Patrice Evrà was found guilty of improper conduct by the FA.

Despite the suspension, Evra still featured with Manchester United in December as the club participated in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. Patrice Evrà appeared in both matches the team contested as United came out as champions after defeating Ecuadorrian club LDU Quito in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup Final. Evra temporarily returned to the team domestically for its home match, coincidentally, against Chelsea on 11 January 2009. In the match, Evra assisted on the second goal in a 3–0 victory. Patrice Evrà was later forced to leave the match due to a foot injury, which was later discovered to be serious. Evra missed a month and returned to the lineup on 15 February in a 3–0 shutout win over Fulham F.C.. Evra subseqeuntly appeared in every remaining competitive match for United, excluding an April league match against Sunderland A.F.C., as the club cruised to its third consecutive Premier League title, won the 2009 Football League Cup Final, and reached the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final after defeating league rivals Arsenal 4–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals. Following the second leg against Arsenal, Evra made a vocal statement. When asked Patrice Evrà opinion of the team's 3–1 second leg victory, Evra declared "It was 11 men against 11 babies. We never doubted ourselves". The finals appearance marked Evra's third overall as Manchester United faced Barcelona. In the match, United were defeated 2–0 courtesy of goals in each half from the opposition. Following the season, Evra was included in the PFA Team of the Year for the second time.

For the first time in Patrice Evrà career, in the 2009–10 Premier League, Evra appeared in all 38 league matches. Due to injuries to Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evrà captained the team in several matches during the season wearing the armband for the first time in Patrice Evrà Manchester United career in the team's 3–1 Champions League victory over VfL Wolfsburg. In December 2009, Evra was among three Manchester United players named to the FIFPro World XI for the 2009 calendar year. In the following month, Patrice Evrà was named to the UEFA Team of the Year. On 28 February 2010, Evra captained Manchester United to a 2–1 win against Aston Villa F.C. in the 2010 Football League Cup Final. The league cup title was Evra's fourth overall as well as Patrice Evrà first title earned as a captain. Patrice Evrà also became only the second Frenchman after Eric Cantona to captain a Manchester United team to victory in a major competition. The club also failed to reach the UEFA Champions League final for the third straight season losing to German champions FC Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.

Early on during the 2010–11 in English football, Evra was hampered by constant inquiries about what happened at the 2010 FIFA World Cup from the French Football Federation, the French media, as well as the French government. Evra's contract with Manchester United was also up at the end of the 2011–12 season, which led to the player being linked with a move to Real Madrid. Evra's hearing with the federation in Paris, which Patrice Evrà attended, was held the day after the team's opening 3–0 league win over Newcastle United F.C.. Evra played over 85 minutes in the match. On 20 November, Evra scored Patrice Evrà second Premier League goal in a 2–0 win at home against Wigan. On 21 February 2011, after weeks of negotiations, Evra signed a contract extension with Manchester United that is set to keep Patrice Evrà with the club until at least the end of the 2013–14 season. Two days after signing Patrice Evrà contract extension, Evra participated in United's 0–0 draw with Olympique de Marseille in the first leg of the team's first knockout round tie in the Champions League. The match, played at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, was Evra's first match played in France since the 2010 World Cup debacle. Patrice Evrà was, subsequently, subject to a barrage of jeers and boos every time Patrice Evrà touched the ball.

At the start of the 2011–12 Manchester United F.C. season, Evra helped United win the FA Community Shield against Manchester City on 7 August. Despite being caught out in the first half by a header from Joleon Lescott and a long range Edin Džeko strike that put City into a 2–0 lead, United rallied back in the second half and won 3–2 to claim the Shield. On 15 October, Evra captained Manchester United in the club's 1–1 draw away to Liverpool. Following the match, in an interview with French television channel Canal+, Evra asserted that Liverpool player Luis Suárez (Uruguayan footballer) had racially abused Patrice Evrà multiple times during the match. Patrice Evrà also stated that Patrice Evrà had informed referee Andre Marriner of the incidents at the conclusion of the match. The following day, the FA announced that it would investigate the claim, and on 17 November, the FA announced it would charge Suárez with "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour contrary to FA rules", including "a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra.".

International career

Evra is a former France national youth football team having played for the France national under-21 football team. Due to harboring in Italy during Patrice Evrà development years, Patrice Evrà failed to earn call-ups with teams below the under-21 level. Evra earned Patrice Evrà first call-up to the under-21 team under coach Raymond Domenech on 3 October 2002 for matches against Slovenia national under-21 football team and Malta national under-21 football team. Patrice Evrà made Patrice Evrà under-21 debut in the match against Slovenia as France cruised to a 1–0 victory. Evra was forced to miss the match against Malta after suffering an injury in the win over Slovenia. The defender regularly appeared for the team through 2002–2004 as France attempted to qualify for both the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and the Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament. France failed to qualify for both competitions, which resulted in the end of Evra's youth career.

Evra earned Patrice Evrà first call-up to the France national football team in May 2004 after coach Jacques Santini named Patrice Evrà to the 31-man preliminary squad to participate in UEFA Euro 2004. Following the trimming of the squad to 23 players, Evra was not included and subsequently missed out on the competition. Evra made Patrice Evrà senior international debut in the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Patrice Evrà started on the left wing before being substituted out in the 75th minute for Robert Pirès. The match ended in a 1–1 draw. Due to an injury to starter Éric Abidal, Evra supplanted Patrice Evrà and appeared as the starting left back in France's first two 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. After being called up for the team's March 2005 friendly against Switzerland national football team, Evra was forced to withdraw from the team due to injury. As a result, William Gallas was inserted in the role as a makeshift left back.

Evra returned to the team in November 2006 for the team's friendly match against Greece national football team. Patrice Evrà appeared as a half-time substitute for Abidal as France won the match 1–0. After going another year without representing France, Evra began appearing as a regular under Domenech in 2007. On 28 May 2008, Patrice Evrà was included in the squad to participate in UEFA Euro 2008. Evra was initially placed onto the squad to serve as backup to Abidal, however, after failing to appear in the team's opening 0–0 draw with Romania national football team, there were calls from the French media urging Domenech to insert Evra into the starting lineup at the behest of Abidal. Domenech relented and started Evra in the team's next match against the Netherlands national football team, which was a 4–1 defeat. In the must-win final group stage match against Italy national football team, Evra started Patrice Evrà second consecutive match. France lost 2–0 and were eliminated from the competition. Following the match, cameras witnessed Evra and team-mates Patrick Vieira and Abidal getting into an altercation in the tunnel. Vieira later stated that the video was shot after Patrice Evrà got into an argument with a set of French supporters. A day after the team's elimination, Evra admitted Patrice Evrà frustration to French newspaper L'Equipe stating "I am someone who does not like losing but I'm not going to make excuses. We had three games in this Euro, we have not won one. It's even hard to believe, to say it's over now".

2010 FIFA World Cup



After Euro 2008, defending stalwart Lilian Thuram retired from the team. To accommodate the player's retirement, Domenech decided to move Abidal into the centre back position, which allowed Evra to take over as the starting left back. In the team's first competitive match since Euro 2008 against Austria national football team, Evra assisted on France's only goal scored by Sidney Govou in a surprising 3–1 defeat. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, Evra participated in ten of the team's 12 matches, which included both legs in the team's playoff round win over the Republic of Ireland national football team. On 26 May 2010, Evra List of France national football team captains for the first time in a friendly match against Costa Rica national football team; France won the match 2–1. Patrice Evrà was subsequently named the captain for the 2010 FIFA World Cup ahead of Thierry Henry, who was relegated to the bench for the tournament. Evra bored the armband in the team's first two matches, a 0–0 draw with Uruguay national football team and a 2–0 loss to Mexico national football team. On 21 June, striker Nicolas Anelka was dismissed from the squad after reportedly having a dispute, in which obscenities were passed, with Domenech during half-time of the team's loss to Mexico. The resulting disagreement over Anelka's exclusion between the players, the coaching staff, and federation officials resulted in Evra leading a player protest against the decision on 20 June, in which the players refused to train. Prior to leading the revolt, Evra had got into a verbal argument with national team fitness coach Robert Duverne. The strike was denounced by the French Football Federation, as well as government officials. The following day, the players returned to training without incident. As a result of the mutiny, Evra was stripped of the captaincy and benched for the team's final group stage match against hosts South Africa national football team. France lost 2–1 and were knocked out of the competition.

Following the competition, former national team captain Lilian Thuram stated that Evra should be banned permanently from playing for the national team. Patrice Evrà sentiments were later echoed by sports minister Chantal Jouanno who declared "I have nothing against Evra but, as a France player and especially captain, Patrice Evrà did not defend the values of sport which are shared by the Republic. I am sure there exist other talents who have not sullied France and are waiting for the chance to write new history". On 6 August, Evra was one of five players summoned to attend a hearing held by the Disciplinary Committee of the French Football Federation in response to the team's strike held at the World Cup. On 17 August, Patrice Evrà received a five-match international ban for Patrice Evrà part in the incident.

Return

As a result of being captain, Evra bore the brunt of the criticism, however, despite the public ridicule, Evra maintained Patrice Evrà stance regarding Patrice Evrà future with the national team stating "I can’t see my future without the France team". On 17 March 2011, Patrice Evrà was called up to the national team by new manager Laurent Blanc for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Patrice Evrà had been eligible to return to the team since the previous month after serving Patrice Evrà five-match suspension, however, Patrice Evrà was not called up to the team by Blanc with the manager citing sporting reasons as being why. Evra made Patrice Evrà return to the team on 25 March in the team's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Luxembourg national football team. Patrice Evrà started the match and played the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 win. Four days later, Evra appeared on the bench in Patrice Evrà first match at the Stade de France since the World Cup, against Croatia national football team.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_Evra

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