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Manchester United defender of international milestone

Jonny Evans has done an insightful fans Q&A with club media and the questions come from fans living across the globe. The Northern Ireland international opened up on recently reaching a milestone for his country.

The experienced centre-back returned the club in the summer after initially breaking into the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson. His free transfer may have shocked a few, although Evans has become a crucial member of Erik ten Hag’s squad which has been hit heavily by injuries, especially in defence.

Evans was pushed on a number of topics in the latest Manchester United Q&A. The questions ranged from what it is like having a brother as a professional footballer, how much he learned from loan spells away from United and who he aspired to be as a youngster.

It makes sense to start with an international question since a lot of United’s players are currently away playing qualifiers. Darren H, living in the UK, asked how proud it made Evans feel to reach the 100 cap milestone for Northern Ireland and whether it was nice to receive the cap from a legend like Pat Jennings?

Evans told the official Manchester United website: “Darren, yeah, I mean getting my 100th cap was sort of a little milestone that I wasn’t really you know, I never thought it was something that I was aiming for until I got really close to it. And I thought ‘oh, it’ll be amazing to get over the 100 mark’, and, for Pat Jennings to come onto the pitch and hand the cap over. He was the one, when I first started my international career, he was the record cap holder at that time. So he was always the one that we were all kind of aiming for. Then Aaron Hughes broke that and, later, after that, Steven Davis. So for him to be able to present that, and with him being such a legend and an absolute gentleman, and just what a good guy and a great representative of Northern Ireland, it was an amazing moment.”

Michael O’Neill’s injury-hit side have won just two of their eight Euro 2024 qualifiers so far – both against San Marino – and he will be happy to see the back of this campaign after Monday’s match at home to Denmark. Everyone will be looking for the best Euro 2024 odds, but make sure to find reputable english casino sites to potentially win even more.

Daisy B, from the UK, asked Evans to identify his football idol to which he responded: “Daisy, my football idol was Roy Keane and I think there was a bit of the Ireland connection there. But he was Man United captain. I was a Man United fan, at that time when I was kind of a young boy. So he was my big, big hero growing up. [And you got to play for him…] I got to play for him as well. So that was a bit of a dream come true and, yeah, he was very inspirational as a player and as a manager.”

Australian Red, Chaz T, asked what it was like having a professional footballer brother and whether they give each other advice.

Evans said: “Yes, Chaz, having my brother Corry has been as a friend and a real comfort throughout my career. We’ve both been able to rely on each other quite a lot and we speak very often on the phone, talking through tactics, managers and team-mates. I think that’s the beauty that we’ve had that. We’ve been able to do it because we’re both experiencing it at the same time. We get to sort of have someone that we can talk to and, you know, it’s your brother. You can always trust your brother.”

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