Samir Nasri blames Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris for France exclusion

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Samir Nasri believes Hugo Lloris was the reason he did not make France’s squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Nasri made his last appearance for the senior French international team in the World Cup qualification play-off victory over Ukraine, having failed to make the squad for the Finals.

With 41 caps to his name, the 27-year-old confirmed his retirement from international football in August 2014, having missed the World Cup, and Nasri told L’Equipe that Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was the reason he did not make Didier Deschamps 23-man squad for the Finals tournament.

Lloris, who was named first-choice captain of Les Bleus in 2012, has retained the armband since the appointment of Deschamps, and he is one of the key men in the international set-up. It could be argued that he should have been named Spurs captain ahead of Younes Kaboul due to his experience of the role, as well as his top level ability. However, Mauricio Pochettino selected Lloris as one of two vice captains - along with Jan Vertonghen - although the French stopper has captained the side on numerous occasions due to Kaboul’s inability to make the starting XI.

As a captain, it is your main role to act as official spokesman for the playing squad, and liaise with the head coach and players concerning tough decisions. According to Nasri, it was the Spurs stopper who spoke to Deschamps about the Manchester City midfielder, and told him to drop him from the squad.

Nasri told L’Equipe: “After France vs Ukraine, Hugo Lloris asked Deschamps, on behalf of three players, for me to be left out.”

Considering Lloris spoke to Deschamps on behalf of three players, Nasri should not really blame the ‘keeper for his role in his eventual retirement from international football. The three players remain unnamed, but knowing there was a mass decision to see him removed from the squad should make Nasri aware that, maybe, he did make too many mistakes to play a role in the international fold.

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