Rio Ferdinand’s teammate Patrice Evra, who is playing for France in the Euro 2012 games starting tonight, believes that Rio not being part of the England squad means France stand a better chance of winning.

Though the Manchester United player expressed his shock, he seemed more happy than sad that his colleague would not be joining the England setup in Eastern Europe.

I am really surprised Rio isn’t playing. 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

Doesn’t Evra sound like one of those friends that send you pictures of themselves at the beach in Miami while you’re bored at uni in rainy England?