French media believe Manchester City duo should NOT go to the World Cup

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Former Arsenal stars Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have not been given the backing of Le 10 Sport in the wake of French qualification for Brazil 2014.

France have qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil after a dramatic two-legged tie against Ukraine - in which they recovered from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the side 3-0 at the Stade de France.

And while it may seem a long way away for French media to begin predicting the 23 players who will go to the World Cup - that is exactly what Le10Sport have done.

And it would not make good reading for two Manchester City players.

There is a plethora of Premier League players in the team - with Hugo Lloris, Mamadou Sakho, Mathieu Debuchy, Patrice Evra, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy and Olivier Giroud all included.

But while players from Arsenal, Newcastle United, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United might get the nod - Le10 have no room for either Gael Clichy or, more surprisingly, Samir Nasri in their favoured squad.

Clichy’s absence makes sense. They suggest that Paris Saint-Germain full-back Lucas Digne should go in order to pick up some vital international experience.

And with Eric Abidal and Mamadou Sakho also in their squad the left-back slot is well covered.

But Nasri has been a constant for Les Bleus over the past few years - so deciding to leave him on the side-lines does seem slightly bizarre.

However the former Arsenal star has a troubled relationship with the press in France and in the past has found himself a disruptive influence on the French team.

So with that in mind Le10 decided instead to go with the likes of Adrien Rabiot and Florian Thauvin - deciding to give youth a chance over troubled experience.

While the report of this publication is unlikely to cause anything like a U-turn in the thinking of manager Didier Deschamps - it does go to show that the place of these two City players in the French squad is not necessarily assured.

The good news, they have a pretty long time to change people’s minds.

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