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No place for Nasri or Ben Afra

  • AP, Friday, October 5, 2012 1:28 AM

Manchester City star Samir Nasri, banned for three games for an expletive-laced tirade at a journalist after the quarterfinal loss to Spain at Euro 2012, will not be playing in France's games against Japan on Oct. 12 and Spain four days later in Madrid even though his suspension is over.

"I didn't think it was the right time to call him back,'' France coach Didier Deschamps said. "I prefer to wait a while.''

There was also no place for Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa despite a strong start to the EPL season. Deschamps also recalled starting goalie Hugo Lloris, even though he is sitting on the bench at his new club Tottenham behind Brad Friedel.

"It doesn't pose a problem for me. Why wouldn't he play in both games?'' Deschamps said. "Whatever happens, Hugo's quality is a given.''

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