Manchester City star writes off his World Cup chances

Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri claims that he is “pessimistic” of his chances of making it to the France squad for the World Cup.

Samir Nasri has essentially written off his chances of playing for France at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

The Manchester City midfielder was left out of the Les Bleus squad for the friendly international against the Netherlands last month.

This despite him playing an important role in the Citizens’ march towards the Premier League title, having scored four goals and provided six assists in 26 appearances.

The former Arsenal man was also a key performer for Manuel Pellegrini’s team in the Champions League, his one goal and four assists helping them reach the last-16 stage of Europe’s premier club competition.

However, Nasri is not considered an integral part of the France squad and has a history of off-pitch problems during his time in the national set-up.

Nasri was accused by William Gallas of being disrespectful during Euro 2008 and eventually failed to make the preliminary squad for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

He returned to the France set-up under Laurent Blanc and was part of the Euro 2012 squad, but thereafter he was involved in an altercation with a French journalist and was subsequently given a three-match ban.

Now, Nasri feels that he has lost his chance to play for his country in Brazil in June. The former Marseille midfielder insists that it is not because of his behaviour, but admits that his performances for France have often been under par.

"I want to wear this shirt but if I do not go to the World Cup it will make it two I have missed," he told French television show Canal Football Club. "At the moment I am rather pessimistic than optimistic so far. I was not part of the last friendly against the Netherlands and it was the last call before the World Cup group being named and I didn't get any explanation.

"But if I don't go to the World Cup, it will be because of my inadequate performances in the national team rather than my behaviour. In the 2010 World Cup, it was the biggest scandal of the French team and I was not part of it.

"But I can accept I have not been good in some matches with the French team, notably the first leg in Ukraine [in their World Cup playoff].

"You can ask any player, I never had any problem with any French teammate. Didier Deschamps? I asked for a talk with him, but it didn't happen so far. The day I will talk with him I will really know what I have been reproached for."

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