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Former France international Louis Saha says Didier Deschamps was wrong to omit Samir Nasri from his world Cup squad.
The Manchester City midfielder was not included in the 23-man squad that has since arrived in Brazil; something that surprised a number of observers given Nasri’s performances for the Blues last season.
Speaking to Goal, Saha said, “It’s difficult because he’s a great player. You should pick the best players in the team.
“Deschamps made a decision, and for me, it’s the wrong decision because Nasri could help France achieve things.”
Nasri made 46 appearances for City last season, scoring 11 goals and providing 12 assists in that time. But despite the 26-year-old playing his part in the club’s title-winning campaign, he was deemed surplus to requirements for his national side.
In other news, former England great Stuart Pearce has claimed City’s Joe Hart is better at taking penalties than Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge.
Speaking to Talk Sport, Pearce said Hart would be one of his five penalty takers if it goes to a shoot-out in Brazil.
“I’ve seen Hart take 250 penalties and he’s statistically, a better penalty-taker than Sturridge.”
And finally, former City manager Roberto Mancini has left his post at Galatasaray with immediate effect.
The Italian only took charge in Turkey in September. But he is now gone, having overseen a Turkish Cup victory in his one and only season.