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Evra looking to play important role

sports Updated: May 30, 2012 23:54 IST

Patrice Evra appears finally to have recovered from the French fiasco of the 2010 World Cup and the Manchester United skipper will have an important role to play at Euro 2012 in the absence of Eric Abidal.

The 31-year-old was banned by the French Football Federation and stripped of the France captaincy after leading a players' mutiny in South Africa two years ago in protest at Nicolas Anelka's exclusion from the squad.

He has since worked his way back into the fold but, while being such an integral part of one of the world's leading club sides, he admits that he has never fulfilled his full potential at international level.

“Playing for France is completely different to playing for Manchester United,” he said at France’s Clairefontaine training base last week.

“To be 100% doing your job you need to be performing for your country too. Up until now I have only performed for Manchester United, so that is just 50%.

“I have not had any great joy with Les Bleus. I only have bad memories at the moment.”

Looking ahead Despite such an apparent admission of failure, Evra appears far more relaxed now than he did a year ago as he returned after serving that six-match suspension.

“You cannot change what has happened in the past,” he insisted. “If you are strong enough you will put it behind you.

“There is no point in carrying on this squabble. I am open. For me it is not about gaining revenge for what happened in 2010. It is about my career.”