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Nasri Rules Out Return To French National Team

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri said on French television that he’s not going to return to the French national team after falling out with Didier Deschamps.

Nasri, 28, has been boycotting the French national team since falling out with coach Didier Deschamps after he was not selected for the 2014 World Cup squad. Nasri talked about the subject in an interview on French television.

“Even if my dad is coach, I will not return,” Nasri said. “I’ve suffered with the selections – missing a World Cup destroys you a bit.

“After 2012, I wanted to stop but my father told me I had to play the World Cup. I tried to be good. “I had a great season with my club before the 2014 World Cup. I had very good stats.

“It was not enough. No disrespect to anyone [but] when I saw the list and some of those on it.

“I’m not perfect. I have my faults but when you’re a great coach you manage the egos.”

The last part was a clear dig at Deschamps who has managed the French national team since 2012.

Nasri has 41 caps for France, scoring five goals.

Nasri is in the rotation in the attacking midfield positions at City, but with the signings of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, he has started most of the games this season on the bench. Last season, Nasri played 29 games in all competitions and scored three goals.

France is playing a couple of friendlies against Armenia and Denmark as Deschamps tries to figure out a squad for the European Championship in France next summer.

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