Deschamps: No Nasri regrets

France coach Didier Deschamps has no regrets at having overlooked Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri for World Cup duty.

Last Updated: 10/06/14 at 13:10 Post Comment

Samir Nasri: Unable to force his way into France's World Cup squad

Samir Nasri: Unable to force his way into France's World Cup squad

A man who has been capped on 41 occasions by his country was surprisingly left out of France’s 23-man squad on the back of a productive domestic campaign.

Nasri shone for City as they secured Premier League and Capital One Cup glory, but was unable to convince Deschamps that he was deserving of a seat on the plane to Brazil.

A failure to replicate his club form in a two-legged qualification play-off tie with Ukraine cost the 26-year-old his place, with Deschamps of the opinion that others offer more to the collective cause.

He told L’Equipe on his decision to snub Nasri: “I watched his matches. He has a level of performance for his club and another in the French team.

“Like any national team coach, I have important choices to make. Sporting criteria are important, but they are not everything.

“I must not have any regrets. I have made my decision and we move on.

“Did Nasri upset me? There are different characters and personalities. I don’t take into account rumours or what has happened in the past.

“I have called on all players since August 2012 and I have seen them all on the pitch and in and around the group.”

Samir, note the sentence "I have seen them all on the pitch and in and around the group."
- ben dover

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