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.”