Evra picks his five favourite Frenchmen
Ahead of France's final group game with Portugal, we've decided to look back at Manchester United legend Patrice Evra's five favourite players from the country he represented with such distinction.
In addition to one Reds icon, he also paid tribute to current Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps...
"In my opinion, Zizou was to the French team what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. For everything, for the elegance he brought to football. When he was playing football, it was like he was playing in his living room – especially his efficiency. When Zidane did a drag-back, it was not so he'd be applauded by the supporters; he did a drag-back to eliminate his opponent. Also, he was always the man in finals. Remember his goal in the 2002 Champions League final, the volley? You could watch it 10 times. It was a sublime volley.”
"Not only because he is a friend, but also for all he has brought to French football. He is the top scorer in French football history. All his stats, everything he did when he was an Arsenal player, all his trophies – he's won trophies that don't exist! What a player, what a player. His side-foot shot, every time I think: 'Goalkeepers - are they stupid or what? [Laughs] Do they not know that every time he is going to do the same shot, the same side-foot?' But he always scores in the end. For his whole career, I put Henry second."
"Because he opened the doors of Manchester United, and because of what he did for Manchester United. Also, he is 'The King'."
"Because of the qualities he had as a player, and he was fantastic when he played for PSG and Newcastle. And we share a similarity [laughs]: we've both been public enemies in France!"
"Because, in my opinion, he is the perfect example of what a winner is. He is a person who has the spirit of winning. He comes on to the pitch to win. He gave me a lot. I have to give him big thanks because it's thanks to him that I started my professional career with Monaco when I was 20. He's a coach and a man I will respect for life."