Samir Nasri dropped by France

Samir Nasri has been dropped by France, and will not be featuring in this summer’s World Cup finals.

Nasri, who enjoyed a title winning season at Manchester City, has been frozen out of the squad ever since an incident at the European Championships in 2012, where the winger recieved a three game ban by the French national team.

Nasri, who had a feeling about his omission, stated.

He said: “Sadly it’s not going to happen, but that’s fine. I am just happy I won the league and a cup this year. If that is not enough, it is not enough. 

“I missed a World Cup in 2010 and I am still alive and stronger than ever. I am going to watch it on TV while I am on holiday and I will be fine.”

Manager Didier Dechamps stated about Nasri’s dropping.

Deschamps told French TV channel TF1: “Samir is an important player for Manchester City but he has not performed that well with France.

“He is a starter at City, which is not the case with France and he has made clear that he is not happy when he is not (a starter), and I can tell you it can be felt in the squad.

“I built the best squad, I did not pick the 23 best French players.”

Nine English based players have been selected for the squad, including Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris,  Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Bacary Sagna.

The squad in full is below.

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia).

 

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Lucas Digne (Paris St-Germain) Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna (both Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

 

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi (both Paris St-Germain), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).

 

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (Newastle, on loan from QPR), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).

 

Standby: Stephane Ruffier, Loic Perrin (both St Etienne), Maxime Gonalons, Alexandre Lacazette (both Lyon), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Benoit Tremoulinas (Dynamo Kiev), Remy Cabella (Montpellier). 

By Ben Reardon

@BenReardon1

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