Nasri’s celebrations aimed at French media

Samir Nasri has stated that his goal celebrations after he scored against England on Monday night were aimed at the French media.

The Manchester City attacking midfielder scored from range to square things up at 1-1, and wheeled away with a finger over his mouth as a silence sign.

The playmaker has confirmed that he was hitting back at his homeland critics, who have been sceptical over Les Bleus’ performances of late.

“That was at you,” he reportedly stated to reporters after the game, reported by The Guardian.

Nasri went on to state that he felt that his side had a good chance of making the knockout stages and that he was happy with his goal in the game.

“It’s nothing serious. A win would have made things better still, but I was happy with the goal. Joe Hart knows me from City, and knows I usually open my body up, so this time I closed it and aimed at the near-post.

“I’m confident in our ability to go through after this point. Our goal is to reach the quarter-finals, and we didn’t lose this game. We can be happy.

“We’ve made a lot of progress since all the mistakes at the 2010 World Cup: we are more mature now and we want to do something with this generation of players,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight