Schneiderlin hailed as ‘strongest person’ for playing after dad’s death

Morgan Schneiderlin’s wife has hailed the Everton midfielder as the "strongest person" she knows after he played against West Ham despite grieving for his father.

Camille also appeared to send a message to Toffees fans who frequently questioned the Frenchman’s commitment as the team struggled last season.

Schneiderlin started Everton’s 1-3 home defeat to West Ham on Sunday after manager Marco Silva had revealed in his programme notes that the player’s dad had passed away.

He was substituted just before half-time, with Silva later insisting the decision was purely tactical.

Camille paid a glowing tribute to her husband, suggesting his head "wasn’t completely there" for the game, but that he had "tried his best" after losing his dad Albert.

She also referenced those who had doubted his commitment, saying his desire to play for his team proved his professional and hard working nature.

On Instagram , she wrote: "Just a message to say I’m just so so proud of you my husband, trying to play for your team after what we just lived this week…The lost of you dad. (sic)’

"I really hope that some people never never gonna doubt again about your commitment or say that you didn’t give your best on the pitch because they really don’t know the kind of person, professional and hard worker you are.

"You are the strongest person I know, you didn’t say anything, continuing to work hard to show them your desire and fight to play, let your sister, mother and family in France, and I know how difficult it was…

"So maybe your head wasn’t completely there but you tried your best.

"I know how your dad was proud of the man you are. And he would have been so so proud of you today also my love. I love you and respect you so much, forever with you."

Schneiderlin endured a difficult season last term after making an encouraging start to his Everton career midway through the previous campaign.

Toffees supporters were often critical of him, with many accusing him of a lack of effort.

During David Unsworth’s spell as caretaker manager, Schneiderlin and Kevin Mirallas were axed from the squad after a training ground incident.

The pair were said to have been challenged about their alleged lack of commitment during a session led by first team coach Duncan Ferguson.

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