Vet­eran Evra called up to France squad

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France coach Di­dier Deschamps has re­called Ju­ven­tus left back Pa­trice Evra for the World Cup qual­i­fier against Swe­den af­ter Paris Saint-Ger­main star Layvin Kurzawa’s week­end in­jury.

Evra was captain of France at the South Africa World Cup in 2010 but at 35 years of age has fi­nally fallen down the peck­ing or­der to the ex­tent he was ex­cluded from re­cent squads.

With 80 pre­vi­ous France in­ter­na­tion­als un­der his belt Evra has won the last two Ital­ian league ti­tles, helped Manch­ester United to five Premier League tri­umphs and is an old favourite of Deschamps.

“He’s a top level player, and he main­tains his level by play­ing for Ju­ven­tus,” said Deschamps. “I never said it was over for him. I al­ways main­tained that from time to time if needed he’d be called upon.” “He re­ally loves the France na­tional team. “And he’s a smi­ley, good hu­moured per­son who cheers things up in the dress­ing room, but above all he’s a highly ex­pe­ri­enced foot­baller wor­thy of his place in the team,” Deschamps said.

A key mem­ber of the Euro 2016 squad Evra also played at AS Monaco un­der Deschamps as they made a run to the 2004 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

With seven points from three games France are level top of Group A with Swe­den, who they host at the Stade de France on Fri­day.

Rennes ‘keeper Benoit Cos­til was also called into the squad af­ter PSG stop­per Alphonse Are­ola was also in­jured at the week­end.

France squad

Goal­keep­ers: BenoÓt Cos­til (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tot­ten­ham/ENG), Steve Man­danda (Crys­tal Palace/ENG)

De­fend­ers: SÈbastien Corchia (Lille), Lu­cas Digne (Barcelona/ESP), Lau­rent Ko­scielny (Arse­nal/ENG), Pa­trice Evra (Ju­ven­tus/ITA), Adil Rami (Seville/ESP), Djib­ril SidibÈ (Monaco), Sa­muel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)

Mid­field: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Ma­tu­idi (PSG), Dim­itri Payet (West Ham/ENG), Paul Pogba (Manch­ester United/ENG), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Moussa Sis­soko (Tot­ten­ham/ENG)

Strik­ers: Kings­ley Co­man (Bay­ern Mu­nich/GER), Ous­mane Dem­bele (Dort­mund/GER), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Kevin Gameiro (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Olivier Giroud (Arse­nal/ENG), An­toine Griez­mann (Atletico Madrid/ESP).

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