Patrice Evra concedes he will always ''live with the scar'' of his role in France's World Cup debacle last year but is nevertheless determined to become a positive force for Les Bleus in the future.
The Manchester United full-back was last week recalled to the national side by France boss Laurent Blanc, nine months on from captaining a squad that became overwhelmed by infighting and indiscipline in South Africa.
Evra, who was made France captain on the eve of last year's World Cup, is keen to distance himself from the events of last summer and ''reverse the trend'' of his current public persona.
''You can ask anyone, I was a good captain,'' said Evra. ''Besides, I have been very well received (back into) the group. Until the World Cup, I had always behaved well. I do not think any of you had heard that Evra was creating problems.
''I think I shall always live with that scar, but I want to go ahead and build a new story, much better than the previous. I want to be a solution, not a problem.''
Evra claims he has received ''many expressions of support'' during his exile from the national team, adding: ''I do not want my supporters not want (to view) me as has been written. I want to be seen as someone who wants to invest for the future. As a single player, without status.''
Confirmation of Evra's recall to Blanc's squad was followed by a meeting between the two, which the United defender claimed was ''a beautiful and frank discussion''.
The precise details of the chat were not divulged, but Evra admitted: ''It was a dialogue, not a monologue.''