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    Evra regrets choosing France

    Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has revealed he wanted to play for Senegal instead of France.

    In a visit to Ghana where he met President Nana Akufo-Addo, Evra revealed he REGRETTED playing for France.

    He told Sports Brief: “If I could go back, I would choose to represent my home country, Senegal, instead of France.

    “I was born in Dakar but grew up in France.

    “One of the painful lessons I learnt with this choice is when you play good and win, you are celebrated as a French; when the team lose, you are singled out as Senegalese.”

    Many members of the French national team have African origins, due to post-World War Two labour policies which saw an influx of workers from French colonies to ease a labour crisis.

    An astonishing 87% of the French 2018 World Cup winning team was made up of players who had roots based in African countries.

    While Evra was not involved in that successful campaign, he was a player who fit this category, and he has championed player choice for who they represent at the international stage in the modern day.

    He said: “We need to let this young generation know that they can still succeed playing for their original countries.”


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