France coach Didier Deschamps named his squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday with no place for Manchester City star Samir Nasri, prompting a furious tirade from the player’s girlfriend on Twitter.
Despite helping City to claim a second Premier League title in three years this season, Nasri, who has won 41 international caps, has fallen out of favour with the national team following uninspiring displays during France’s two-legged World Cup qualifier play-off against Ukraine last year.
There have also been questions over his behaviour, with the midfielder receiving a three-match suspension handed down by the French Football Federation following a tirade directed at journalists during Euro 2012.
"Samir is an important player for Manchester City but he has not performed that well with France," Deschamps told French TV channel TF1.
"He is a starter at City, which is not the case with France and he has made clear that he is not happy when he is not (a starter), 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 decision to leave Nasri out is unlikely to come as a shock to the player, who this month told France’s Canal Plus television that he expected to “watch the World Cup on TV” this summer.
However, it sparked an angry reaction from the player’s girlfriend, British model Anara Atanes.
“F**k france and f**k deschamps! What a s**t manager!” she tweeted shortly after the squad was announced.
“Incase u didnt read my tweet properly.... Ill repeat myself..... f**k FRANCE!!!!! And f**k deschamps!” she added a few minutes later.
Like Nasri, Abidal also failed to make it into the 23-man squad or the seven-man standby list. The 34-year-old has 67 caps for France, but has been used sparingly by Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri during the second part of the season.
Others absentees include City fullback Gael Clichy, with Deschamps instead picking the talented yet inexperienced Lucas Digne of Paris St Germain.
There are eight players aged under 25 in the squad, including the Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann, who made his international debut against the Netherlands in March.
France have been drawn in Group E for the June 12-July 13 tournament, alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia)
Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United), Lucas Digne (Paris St Germain) Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris St Germain), Clement Grenier (Olympique Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille)
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (Newcaste United), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Standby players: Stephane Ruffier (Monaco), Loic Perrin (St Etienne), Maxime Gonalons (Olympique Lyon), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Benoit Tremoulinas (Dynamo Kiev), Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyon), Remy Cabella (Montpellier).
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
Date created : 2014-05-13