Qual­i­fiers for 2018 World Cup Evra vows to re­turn 'stronger than ever'

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THE 28 na­tions that have al­ready booked their place for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia, af­ter Switzer­land and Croa­tia qual­i­fied on Sun­day.

Europe: Bel­gium, Eng­land, Ger­many, Ice­land, Poland, Rus­sia (as hosts), Ser­bia, Spain, France, Por­tu­gal, Switzer­land, Croa­tia Africa: Egypt, Nige­ria, Sene­gal, Morocco, Tu­nisia Asia: Iran, Ja­pan, Saudi Ara­bia, South Korea North, Cen­tral Amer­ica and Caribbean: Costa Rica, Mex­ico, Panama South Amer­ica: Brazil, Uruguay, Ar­gentina, Colom­bia The four re­main­ing places will be de­cided by to­mor­row. They will go to:

The two win­ners of the Euro­pean play-offs: Swe­den v Italy, Den­mark v Repub­lic of Ire­land

The two win­ners of in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal play-offs: Peru v New Zealand, Aus­tralia v Hon­duras. AFP PA­TRICE Evra has vowed to come back “stronger than ever” in his first pub­lic mes­sage since leav­ing Mar­seille and be­ing hit with a sea­son-long Euro­pean foot­ball ban for kung-fu kick­ing a sup­porter.

Evra, who was sent off af­ter at­tack­ing the Mar­seille fan ahead of the Ligue 1 side’s 1-0 Europa League de­feat to Vi­to­ria Guimaraes on Novem­ber 2, made the prom­ise while pulling a Jeep in a light-hearted In­sta­gram post filmed in Dubai by for­mer Ar­se­nal and Chelsea striker Ni­co­las Anelka, who Evra nick­named “Spiel­berg” in the post.

‘I swear to God I will come back stronger than ever,” said the for­mer France and Manch­ester United left­back.

“Some­times life you can feel re­ally heavy but you al­ways have to keep smil­ing, and of course keep lov­ing this game.”

The 36-year-old’s ban only ap­plies to Uefa club com­pe­ti­tions, mean­ing that he could still player in a do­mes­tic league should a club ap­proach him.

Evra, who has won five Pre­mier ti­tles, two Serie A cham­pi­onships and the Cham­pi­ons League, parted ways with Mar­seille on Satur­day al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter be­ing banned from Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion and fined 10 000 eu­ros ($11 650, £8 891).

Evra lashed out in re­sponse to a group of sup­port­ers that had come to the pitch­side to be­rate him for what they con­sid­ered sub-par dis­plays on south coast of France.

On Sun­day Mar­seille goal­keeper Steve Man­danda backed his for­mer team­mate, say­ing that Evra was a “true friend and a good guy”, while France coach Di­dier Deschamps de­scribed his pun­ish­ment as “heavy”.

The club’s Amer­i­can owner Frank McCourt blamed both player and fans for the in­ci­dent, call­ing it “un­ac­cept­able be­haviour” and not some­thing we can tol­er­ate at “Mar­seille”.

Evra’s dis­missal from Mar­seille also came af­ter sup­port­ers un­furled a huge ban­ner be­fore their home match with Caen last week that read: “we don’t want you in our colours any­more. Evra get lost.” — AFP.

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