Patrice Evra was understandably not too impressed after France suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Mexico. It was his new Manchester United team-mate, Javier Hernandez, who scored the opening goal before Abidal conceded a penalty.
Evra, who has been chosen as captain since Thierry Henry has been relegated to the bench, has voiced his frustration with the team’s performance.
“It’s a catastrophe, that’s all we can say. We are not a great team,” said Evra. “When you are knocked out of the European championship in the first round and you are also capable of being knocked out in the first round of the World Cup, you just don’t want to think about football after that. I honestly didn’t see it coming. What hurts is that we didn’t know how to react, or how to equalise, and then they killed us with that second goal. I am deeply upset, I’m disgusted. We owe it to ourselves to beat South Africa. But as for miracles, I don’t believe in them too much.”
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