Patrice Evra has quickly found the silver lining to the dark cloud of Chris Smalling's groin injury - it is good news for France.

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Smalling is out of this summer's European Championships after he aggravated the injury during Sunday's Premier League win over Swansea. The former Fulham man is paying the price for not coming off as soon as the injury occurred, with Ferguson admitting "it is a bad one".

Full-back Evra accepts it is a setback for United, who head to Sunderland on Sunday still harbouring hopes of retaining their Premier League title. But France, who tackle England in their Group D opener at Euro 2012 in Donetsk on June 11, can rejoice at some good news. He said: "You always have to find the silver lining."

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