France are currently second in their qualifying group, four points away from top side Serbia and four points clear of third place Austria.

Patrice Evra claims that avoiding the piss-taking that would come from his United team-mates, particularly considering he laughed at all the England players after they failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

“I’m very focused on getting to the World Cup with France,” said Evra. “I think if we don’t qualify there will be a lot of jokes. Last year when England didn’t qualify for Euro 2008, I told the England players at United that they could borrow my remote control because they would be watching a lot of TV. I don’t want to give them the opportunity of revenge, that’s my main ambition!”