Deschamps leaves Nasri out of France 2014 World Cup Squad
France boss Didier Deschamps has left out Manchester City duo Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy from his 23 man squad for Brazil 2014. While this will have been a bit of a surprise to many, for Nasri in particular, it was no surprise, because he had the feeling that the wasn’t going to be welcomed into the fold for the 2014 World Cup.
Deschamp claimed that he didn’t just take the 23 best French players around, he instead decided just to pick the strongest squad that he could. Nasri missed out on the 2010 World Cup and will again miss football’s biggest stage. While Nasri has been one of the most influential players for Man City in their title winning season in the Premier League season, Deschamps said that the players hasn’t performed all that well for his country.
Nine of the players who have made the French squad for Brazil 2014, all played in England during including Loic Remy, the QPR man who was on loan at Newcastle.
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko, Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra and Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho are all included. Arsenal trio Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna and Olivier Giroud complete the Premier League contingent for the 1998 winners.
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is on the seven-man standby list.
France kick off their World Cup 2014 campaign in Group E against Honduras on June 15th and then they move on to face Switzerland and Ecuador.
The French are trading as 4/5 favourites with William Hill to win Group F ahead of Switzerland and they have been receiving backing in the outright market, their price moving in to 20/1, putting them as the fourth shortest price European nation heading to Brazil 2014.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia).
Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Lucas Digne (Paris St-Germain) Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna (both Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi (both Paris St-Germain), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (Newcastle, on loan from QPR), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).
Standby: Stephane Ruffier, Loic Perrin (both St Etienne), Maxime Gonalons, Alexandre Lacazette (both Lyon), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Benoit Tremoulinas (Dynamo Kiev), Remy Cabella (Montpellier).