Evra blasts French traitor

France captain Patrice Evra has called for the 'traitor' among his squad's camp to be rooted out following the sending home of striker Nicolas Anelka.

Anelka had a verbal bust-up with coach Raymond Domenech at half-time of the 2-0 defeat by Mexico and has since been banished from Les Bleus' squad, being reportedly set to retire from international football.

An angry Evra commented:"The problem of France is not Anelka, but the traitor among us. We must eliminate the traitor from the group, because he wants to hurt the team.

"There is no little mouse in the locker room, this comes from someone who is on the team and wants to hurt the team.

"We are not going to lie, the reporter from L'Equipe did not make this up. I do not know anything about this person, I am not a magician."

Anelka has accepted being banished, telling France Soir:"It happened within the confines of the changing rooms, between the coach and me, in front of my team-mates and the staff.

"That should never have come out of the changing rooms. I don't know who can benefit from that, but repeating these kinds of things certainly doesn't help.

"My aim was never to destabilise the French team, an institution I respect. I accept my exclusion from the France team and I wish them good luck."

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