With seven caps for France earned during his time at Toulouse, Watford’s Etienne Capoue has all but resigned himself to the fact he won’t represent his country ever again.
That doesn’t bother him, to be fair, as he explained to So Foot, as playing football is a means to an end for the midfielder, revealing he didn’t even watch the 2016 Euro final, going to a restaurant instead.
A key member of Walter Mazzarri’s squad in the Premier League, Capoue is also fully aware that France currently have players who are better than him in their first-team squad, including Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, against whom he played on Saturday afternoon.
Being told by So Foot that some journalists in France were comparing him to the Red Devil, the Watford was quick to play the comparisons down.
He said: “That’s your fault! Journalists! I really don’t care. It makes me laugh: how can you compare me to one of the best players in the world? It’s nonsense. I play at Watford, he plays in Manchester. He’s the most expensive transfer in the world!
“I don’t care about all that. It’s not my job to write stuff. It’s not that I underestimate myself. The facts are there, you can have talent, you still need to know how to express it. Paul, he’s 23, I can tell you he hasn’t finished showing all his qualities.”
Suggesting the Watford star could be having a better season than Paul Pogba currently, So Foot were once again cut short by the player: “No! He plays at United, he has great games. It’s Pogba! I’m not going to compare myself to Pogba!”
Despite their best attempts to recreate their performance from earlier in the season against José Mourinho’s men (Watford won 3-1 at Vicarage Road), Capoue and his teammates were unable to stop a clearly better Manchester United on Saturday.
Losing 2-0 due to goals from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial, Walter Mazzarri’s men currently sit in a very respectable 10th in the Premier League, with 30 points from their first 25 games this season.