No surprises in France's 23-player squad

[WORLD CUP 2014] Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy won the English Premier League title with Manchester City, but as expected Coach Didier Deschamps did not include them in his 23-player squad (or among the seven alternates) for the World Cup.

Nasri, suspended from the national team after an altercation with a reporter at Euro 2012, has not played since France's 2-0 loss to Ukraine in the first game of their playoff series. Clichy lost out to PSG defender Lucas Digne, who helped France win the 2013 Under-20 World Cup.

Nasri had said he would not be happy being a sub at the World Cup.
 
"A national team coach has to think of the collective and of building a team," said Deschamps. "We're off a six-week adventure at a minimum. To live together for such a long period requires certain qualities."

Camp opens Monday at Clairefontaine followed by home friendlies against Norway, Paraguay and Jamaica.

France Roster (23 Players):
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham /ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia)
Defenders: Raphael Varane (Real Madrid /SPA), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool/ENG), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle/ENG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG), Lucas Digne (Paris SG), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto/POR), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal/ENG), Patrice Evra (Man. United/ENG).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris SG), Paul Pogba (Juventus/ITA), Blaise Matuidi (Paris SG), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle/ENG), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/SPA), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad/SPA), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/ENG), Loic Remy (Newcastle/ENG).
1 comment about "No surprises in France's 23-player squad".
  1. Zoe Willet, May 16, 2014 at 2:01 a.m.

    Certainly his girlfriend's diatribe was totally uncouth and inappropriate, HOWEVER, I do feel that Deschamps is cutting off his nose to spite his face. I don't know how he could possibly feel that Nasri lacks the "certain qualities" needed to live together as a team!

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