It's something special to play for a club as great as Manchester United. It's even more special to play for your country. United has twenty players on the first team that also play for their country. They include Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, and Patrice Evra among others.
France did not do well in Euro 2008 and the pressure will be on Les Bleus to qualify for the World Cup in 2010. Evra believes that this won't be a problem. When asked if he gave more to United or to France, Evra's answer was France.
He said, "If you give 100 per cent to your club, you have to give 300 per cent to the French team. With the French team it’s no laughing matter—the shirt is supreme.”
France has a lot of talent and should qualify for the World Cup. When questioned about French talent on the team, Evra basically said that they had some of the best in the world. He also said that the number of talented players on the team helps him get motivated and play better.
“(The competition) pushes me to excel. I accept it as much as it’s healthy."
Evra has always had to fight for his place, for United and for France. He's not worried about it though. He wants to be on the first team, but he knows that there are other players that want the same thing.
"It’s a good thing that Abidal and Clichy are behind me," he said. "When I arrived at Manchester United, it was said that (Gabriel) Heinze was the best, and I did what I had to do.
“I haven’t played enough to say that I’m the first-choice,” he acknowledged, ahead of Saturday's qualifier against Austria.
“I played the last two matches at Euro, but the Euro is far away. Football moves so quickly. I see myself as I was before the Euro—a French squad player.
“For selection you must be the best, you can lose your place very quickly. You don’t have much time, you must always prove yourself, to say to yourself this is the last time I play.”
Any player who plays for United gets a special feeling about the club. Even Papin said that he wanted to play for United when he visited Old Trafford once.
However, any honest player knows that playing for your country is the biggest honor in the world. It's nice to see the Evra has his priorities straight. Every player should be willing to put his country before his club.