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Evra: Rio snub helps France

Defender baffled by Ferdinand's omission

ESPN staff

Patrice Evra has 41 caps for France© PA

Patrice Evra believes the omission of Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand from the England squad will help France in their Euro 2012 opener.

Evra is the latest player to speak out about the confusion surrounding Roy Hodgson’s decision to leave Ferdinand at home, despite the late withdrawal of Gary Cahill. Regardless of the circumstances, Evra says, Les Bleus are ready to take advantage by claiming victory against England next Monday in Donetsk.

“I am really surprised Rio isn’t playing,” Evra told The Sun. “He’s a big, strong player and I just don’t know what is happening.

“Maybe Rio has every reason to feel disappointed. Whatever though, it’s great for us.

“I will text him in the next few days to see how he is feeling.”

It has been suggested that Ferdinand has not been included as a result of the legal case surrounding John Terry's alleged racial abuse of his brother, Anton.

The comments from Evra, who was also involved in an incident of on-field racism last season, follow that of Sol Campbell who suggested the omission is part of a "cover-up".