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Former Manchester United Defender Patrice Evra Regrets Picking France Over Senegal
- Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has revealed that he regrets playing for France at international level
- Patrice Evra played for France at senior level despite hailing from West African country Senegal
- The former Manchester United and France left-back is in Ghana for a tour of the African country as he uses his platform to inspire the youth
Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has revealed that if he had the chance to make a decision on his international career, he would have played for Senegal.
Evra, who was born in Dakar, ended up playing for the French national team.
However, it was a decision he regrets, insisting there was too much politics in representing an European country as a player with dual citizenship.
"If I could go back in time, I will choose to represent the country of my birth, Senegal, instead of France," he said in a chat with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo.
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"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.
"We need to let this young generation know that they can still succeed playing for their original countries."
Patrice Evra is in Ghana for a tour of the West African nation, where he tries to inspire the youth to believe in the continent.
The 41-year-old enjoyed a successful playing career, winning several titles, including the 2008 UEFA Champions League with Manchester United. He also played for France at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, has shared his dream of seeing an African country win the World Cup after meeting Ghana President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The ex-France defender met Ghana's President on Wednesday, September 14 as part of his tour of the West African nation.
At the meeting with the President, Evra disclosed that he wants the youth of Africa to believe that they can make it on the continent.