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Football: Nasri confirms France retirement

Published on Aug 10, 2014 6:57 PM
 
Samir Nasri #8 of Manchester City controls the ball during the first half of the International Champions Cup match against the Olympiacos on Aug 2, 2014, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from international football with France. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from international football with France.

The 27-year-old dropped a strong hint last week that he had decided to cut short his chequered international career, having been omitted from the France squad that went to the World Cup.

"I will only be 29 in 2016 for the European Championship, but the French national team doesn't make me happy," he said in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian published on Sunday.

"Every time I go there, there is just more trouble. I face accusations about me and my family suffers from it and I don't want to make them suffer, so it's better to stop it and focus on my club career."

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