Evra denies France unrest
French skipper dismisses Gallas speculation
By Mike Barton. Last Updated: June 12, 2010 3:33pm
Evra: No disharmony
France captain Patrice Evra has dismissed reports of disharmony amongst the squad, describing the rumours as 'bull'.
The French failed to beat Uruguay in their opening game of the tournament on Friday in a drab 0-0 draw that did nothing to enhance their credentials as contenders to win the tournament.
Reports of a rift between Thierry Henry and coach Raymond Domenech have emerged in recent times after the striker's relegation to the bench, with the captaincy being awarded to Evra and fellow defender William Gallas reportedly furious at being overlooked for the role.
The more experienced Gallas, who was removed as captain of Arsenal for some displays of petulant behaviour, has decided not to talk to the press following his snub, sparking even further reports of dressing room unrest.
Despite the rumours of a lack of unity in the French camp, Evra was defiant in his confidence that Les Bleus could still go all the way.
"That's bull. That's not true," said Evra.
"The mood is good. William is a professional and he wants to play at the World Cup.
"Everything is okay. I guarantee the atmosphere is very good. It's not a problem."
"Against Mexico we need to win now. And then we'll see after that against South Africa."
The Manchester United full-back confessed that he was bursting with pride to be captain of the national team and just to be at the tournament itself following a tricky campaign where they had to qualify via a play-off against the Republic of Ireland.
"To captain the team at the World Cup is an honour, I'm very proud," he said.
"I said thanks to everyone and my team-mates, because they're very happy I am the captain and this has given me more power for leading the team.
"It's just a privilege. I said to my team-mates to just go and enjoy it. Lots of players dream of being there so you have to enjoy your football, and I think that's what we did against Uruguay."