Evra wants France recall
Patrice Evra maintains his desire to play for France despite leading the player revolt at the World Cup.
Last Updated: 09/08/10 10:55am
Patrice Evra maintains his desire to play for France but is not sure why he is facing sanctions from the French Football Federation for leading the player revolt at the World Cup.
The Manchester United defender is one of five players summoned by the FFF to face a disciplinary hearing scheduled later this month following the fiasco in South Africa over the summer.
Evra was captain of the team that boycotted a training session in support of striker Nicolas Anelka, who was banished from the squad for insulting coach Raymond Domenech during their dismal campaign.
World Cup-winning full-back and now FFF official Lilian Thuram believes Evra should never play for Les Bleus again but the 29-year-old would prefer not to dwell on the events of the summer.
"I am surprised because I had the impression everybody wanted to turn the World Cup page," Evra told French daily Le Figaro.
"We need to think about the future. Why sanction us more than others?"
Laurent Blanc, who has since taken over from Domenech as coach, opted to leave out all 23 members of the World Cup squad for France's next match, a friendly against Norway in Oslo on Wednesday.
Following that match, however, the suspended players will be free to return to the squad and Evra is confident of a recall.
"I can't see my future without the France team," added the United left-back.