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Evans hopeful of Wales recall

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 16 Oct 2016


Ched Evans hopes he can earn a Wales recall upon resuming his career after being found not guilty of rape in a retrial.

Evans, sentenced to five years in prison in 2012 after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman, was cleared of any wrongdoing this week after his original verdict was quashed in April this year and a retrial was ordered.

Since his release from prison in October 2014, Sheffield United, Hartlepool United and Oldham Athletic all pulled out of deals to sign the striker over fan backlashes before Chesterfield handed Evans a one-year deal this season.

The 27-year-old, who made 13 international appearances between 2008 and 2011, scored four goals in seven League One games before he was stood down from first-team action as the trial was in progress.

Wales remain on a high after their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and manager Chris Coleman has not discussed Evans at length since his return to the professional ranks.

“Maybe in the future, depending on how many performances and goals I can score, maybe I can get back in,” Evans told the Mail on Sunday. 

“I think it will be a case of just letting the football do the talking and seeing where that takes me.”

Evans also called on football authorities in England to provide more detailed education to players, in an attempt to avoid a similar situation arising.

He added: “I was young at the time and I was stupid and I wasn’t aware of the situations you could potentially find yourself in that would land you in trouble. 

“I have never been taught about anything like that. You get your gambling and drinking training but nothing else on top of that. In this day and age people need educating on alcohol and consent.

“I read somewhere you would have to get signed consent. That wouldn’t be realistic but someone needs to come up with something. The best thing is just to be educated. And when they are drunk to think twice about it. How would it look in a court of law?”


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