|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
New France captain Patrice Evra is happy to be back in Africa - but has revealed the racist abuse he received in his native Senegal.
Evra will lead France out against Uruguay in Cape Town on Friday, but the Manchester United defender decided to overlook Senegal, the country where he was born, to represent France at international level.
"I grew up amid a Senegalese culture at home." Evra said. "But we became westernised very quickly and when I had to choose between playing for Senegal or France my father told me to follow my heart.
"I opted for France, as that was where I had grown up, but I then came in for lots of abuse in Senegal.
"I was called a monkey who grovels before the white man and labelled a money-obsessed traitor to the nation. But my parents helped me get through it.
"I had not been back to Senegal since the age of 10. I have still not returned. It is 19 years now and I need an incentive to make me go."
Despite the abuse, Evra is proud that the tournament is being held in Africa for the first time. He said: "I have two wishes. I want to win it for France and hope it is a huge party for football and all Africa with no security problems.
"I often talk about the World Cup with my father. He is now 81 and badly asthmatic. He says seeing me lift the World Cup would be the greatest present he could have before he goes to heaven."