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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-05-19

France’s Eric Cantona has sent shockwaves throughout his homeland and warmed the hearts of his legions of English fans by declaring in a French newspaper that he will be supporting England at the forthcoming World Cup in South Africa this summer.

Eric Cantona, or ‘King Eric’ as he is affectionately known in the UK, has shocked France by declaring that he will be supporting England at the World Cup in South Africa this summer, and not his native Les Bleus.

In an article in free newspaper Metro, Cantona said, “I will support England. I am half Marseilles, half English”

The legendary French talisman, who spent most of his silverware-laden career in the UK, is still lauded as arguably one of the most iconic and talented players in Premiership history. Highlighting the high esteem in which he is held in the UK, Cantona was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. 

The “enfant terrible” of French football has maintained strong ties with Manchester United and the northern British city itself.  “In Manchester you feel like you’re home, protected and loved,” Cantona said. “Manchester is a city that loves the beautiful game and beautiful players… They are not scared of dealing with hot-tempered personalities,” he added.
 
To this day, fans at Manchester United still sing football chants about ‘Le Dieu’, and wave French flags in his honour at most games.

 

Date created : 2010-05-19

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