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Football: Nasri accepts omission from France squad

Published on May 15, 2014 6:20 AM
 
Manchester City Samir Nasri celebrates scoring a goal against West Ham United during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City vs West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Britain on 11 May 2014. Nasri said on Wednesday that he respected the choice of France coach Didier Deschamps to leave him out of the national team for the World Cup in Brazil. -- FILE PHOTO: EPA

ABU DHABI (AFP) - Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri said on Wednesday that he respected the choice of France coach Didier Deschamps to leave him out of the national team for the World Cup in Brazil.

“I respect his choice, which hasn’t been a surprise for me,” Nasri told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where Manchester City are celebrating their English Premier League title.

Deschamps on Tuesday unveiled his 23-man squad for the World Cup as well as naming seven reserves, but there was no place for the 26-year-old Nasri.

“If he thinks my behaviour is bad, that’s his business. Me, I play for my team (Manchester City) and I have no problem,” said Nasri, who has 41 caps for his country.

 
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