The fall-guy in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup is Manchester City’s Samir Nasri.
Nasri was resigned to his fate when he told Canal+ last weekend “I think the dye is cast. I respect [Deschamps’] choice. I’ll watch the World Cup on TV. If starting games in a club like Manchester City and winning two titles isn’t enough, too bad, I won’t regret anything.”
Considering he starred in their Premier League and League Cup winning season, it’s a huge call from Deschamps.
Another Manchester City man left out of the Les Bleus squad was Gael Clichy.
There was better news for France’s London-based players, as Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny were selected.
France’s 23-man World Cup squad is as follows.
Goalkeepers: Mickaël Landrea, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda
Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Patrice Evra, Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna, Mamadou Sakho, Raphaël Varane
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Clément Grenier, Blaise Matuidi, Rio Mavuba, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Valbuena
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Loic Rémy, Franck Ribéry
The 7 reserves on standby: Rémy Cabell, Maxime Gonalon, Alexandre Lacazett, Loïc Perri, Stéphane Ruffie, Morgan Schneiderli, Benoît Tremoulinas