Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra is proud to be France’s World Cup captain.
Evra was chosen ahead of Arsenal veteran William Gallas.
“I feel pride and honour and a huge responsibility but I have my team-mates behind me,” he said. “We are very proud as a team and confident. We have a great deal of responsibility on our shoulders.”
The full-back struggled at United in the second half of the 2005/06 season having arrived from Monaco in the January transfer window. However, since then he has blossomed into perhaps the finest left-back in the world and that progression has culminated in him captaining his country.
Evra added: “It’s difficult to talk about oneself. I’ve put in some hard work to get to this point – I haven’t had any gifts given to me. I am determined. My first six months in Manchester were difficult but I believed in myself and my abilities and I think that is what makes a difference. I think my psychology helped me build and develop my career.”