Wednesday November 14 2012
Evra: 'Proud to beat Italy'

Patrice Evra admits the French are “very proud” to beat Italy, even in a friendly, and are on their way back after a disastrous 2010 World Cup.

“The French are very proud and have always had a great rivalry with Italy, so they’ll be happy back home with the win,” he said of the 2-1 result in Parma.

“We are also happy to have held Spain to a draw in Madrid and now to beat the vice-Champions of Europe is a great achievement.

“France had problems in 2010, while Italy are a step ahead of us right now. We are trying to bring light back to this shirt and have a great Coach like Didier Deschamps who won so many trophies.

“We hope to continue like this and I believe the French fans will be truly proud of this victory.”

Manchester United defender Evra gave the interview in fluent Italian, as he started his career in Sicily, and also joked about his rapport with Mario Balotelli.

“I make fun of Mario, but we often see each other in Manchester and joke around – off the field, obviously!”

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