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Evra Will Never Skipper France Again

Patrice Evra will never skipper France under Didier Deschamps.

The French national team coach insists that he has no beef with Manchester United left-back and stand-in skipper Evra.

But it is clear that their relationship, which stretches back to their days as team-mates at Monaco, is far from hunky dory.

"I don't have any problems with Evra but he knows he won't be captain under me and he knows why," Deschamps said.

Evra has in actual fact experienced an upturn in fortunes in international football since Deschamps became coach of Les Bleus, even if the World Cup winner does not trust him as a leader of men.

He was stripped of the captain’s armband after he led the destructive and embarrassing player revolt that derailed France’s World Cup 2010 campaign.

And after the resulting ban, he found his path to former coach Laurent Blanc’s starting line-up blocked by Manchester City left-back, Gael Clichy.

Evra seethed on the bench during Euro 2012, but Deschamps has seen fit to return him to the first XI for France’s last three World Cup qualifiers.

And so even though he will likely never skipper his country again, at least Evra has not entirely been relegated to the international wilderness, despite Deschamps’ antipathy towards him.

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