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Defender Evra relishing return to France side

France left-back Patrice Evra has revealed that he will only be able to forget the nightmare of the 2010 World Cup when he plays for his country again and has re-affirmed his commitment to Les Bleus.

Evra was handed a five-match ban by the French Football Federation (FFF) in August as punishment for his part in the side's protest against the sending home of striker Nicolas Anelka by then-coach Raymond Domenech.

France failed to win a game in South Africa and Evra was stripped of the captaincy by new coach Laurent Blanc as he sat out his ban. But with just one game remaining until Evra can return, the Manchester United defender is keen to put the events of the summer behind him.

"I experienced some very difficult moments," he told French TV show Telefoot. "It remains a scar and it will only disappear when I wear the shirt again.

"My ban is almost finished, so I am highly motivated and it gives me desire to be at my best. I will play for my country until my legs won't allow it or the national coach doesn't call me."

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