Evra - France are united
France captain Patrice Evra has hit back at suggestions that Les Bleus are a divided squad.
Last Updated: 16/06/10 10:28pm
France captain Patrice Evra has hit back at suggestions that Les Bleus are a divided squad and are struggling to play as a team.
The legendary Zinedine Zidane criticised his former team-mates earlier this week, suggesting egos were hampering their progress in South Africa.
There were also reports that Chelsea winger Florent Malouda fell out with Raymond Domenech after being told he would only be on the bench for their opening Group A meeting with Uruguay, which ended in a goalless draw.
But Manchester United defender Evra, who is preparing for Thursday's clash with Mexico in Polokwane, insists everyone is pulling together in their quest for global glory.
"I like to play within a very good team spirit," said the Manchester United left-back.
"I am always making sure that the group remains together and in good spirits and we remain friends, play closely together and are frank with one another so we don't take our problems out onto the pitch.
"Since the first day you could feel this team was closely-knit and after each training session there are little gestures that cannot lie.
"We do not all retire to our rooms after the meal; we try to play together, to work in a very good spirit and remain together as much as possible."
Evra believes that France's testing road to South Africa, where they controversially overcame Republic of Ireland in a play-off, has brought them closer together.
He added: "If you look at our qualifying campaign it was not easy, but in the end we qualified and that illustrates how closely-knit the team is.
"We are a strong team, confident in one another and not scared of anyone.
"I can assure you this team will remain closely-knit right until the end.
"The team is impatient but we are confident. We know it is a very important game."