Evra reveals motivation
Patrice Evra has admitted the 'tough blow' of being left out of France's World Cup squad has motivated him.
By Steve Pass
Last Updated: 12/10/07 3:28pm
Patrice Evra has admitted the 'tough blow' of being left out of France's World Cup squad has motivated him into becoming the player he is today.
The Manchester United defender, who made his international debut in 2004 and has won seven caps, admits he was hurt to see his French colleagues playing in the World Cup, where they reached the final.
But the 26-year-old, who joined United from French side Monaco in January 2006 for £5.5million, has used the experience as a positive motivation.
He has since earned a call-up for France's game against Slovakia in August and has been on the substitutes' bench in their last two Euro 2008 qualifiers against Scotland and Italy.
Speaking of his omission from the World Cup squad, he told L'Equipe: "That's what gave me my determination.
"But it was a tough blow never having played in a World Cup. It hurt me seeing my team-mates on TV. I said to myself: 'Pat, this year it's make-or-break.'
"I worked like a madman and I did weights work which I never did before because I considered football to be mainly a ball game.
"But to do well in England you need strong legs. I am not the same Evra I was when I started at Manchester."
He added: "I have to make my presence felt either in Manchester or with France but I don't want to burn myself out.
"Before Slovakia in August it had been nearly two years since I had been called up. It was good for me and I think it was my best match for France. I had some good criticism and I have to continue this way."