Samir Nasri, who has been in good form for Manchester City, has been left out by France manager Didier Deschamps in his 23-man squad to travel to Brazil for this summer’s World Cup.
In addition to be left out, the City midfielder was not even included in the seven-man standby list, hinting that his chances of travelling with the team are zero to none.
Deschamps told Sky Sports: “Samir is an important player for Manchester City but he has not performed that well with France.
“He is a starter at City, which is not the case with France, and he has made it clear that he is not happy when he is a substitute – and I can tell you it can be felt in the squad.
“I built the best squad, I did not pick the 23 best French players.”
The Frenchman, already with 41 caps, replied to his exclusion by saying: “I think the die is cast. I respect (Didier 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.”