Amazingly some pundits, including Bixente Lizarazu, believes Evra stepped over the line when making his rousing halftime speech which inspired France to victory over Belarus last week.
Deschamps said: "He was not in conflict with the role of coach. Pat has spoken, like me, like other players. I do not understand that it may disturb people that someone who is a substitute is more involved in the squad.
"He's a team leader for France, it does not just happen overnight. It takes the legitimacy of lived experience, and inevitably it is those who have been there for a long time who know the most.
"Evra is a leader, it's been six years since he moved to Manchester United and plays 60 matches a season.
"If I select him, it's not because I knew him in Monaco."
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