Samir Nasri hints at international retirement following French World Cup snub
Samir Nasri has hinted his international career could be over after his World Cup snub.
The 27-year-old wasn’t included in Didier Deschamps’ final 23 for the tournament in Brazil after a very public falling out.
Even the midfielder’s girlfriend waded into the debate with a number of Twitter ripostes against the French coach’s decision.
And while he won’t yet make the decision public all signs point to him hanging up his Les Bleus boots for good.
“I made it a while ago but I will announce it when the time is right,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
He added: “With the national team I didn’t win anything. So it’s more easy to take this decision than if we’d just won something. When you play for a big club, and you play lots of games, it’s easy to come to this decision.”
Nasri has a chequered history with the national team, having also missed out on a place in the squad for the 2010 World Cup while he was banned for three matches following Euro 2012 after swearing at reporters.
“Even before the summer, during Euro 2012 I had a lot going on,” he added. “Personally, it doesn’t affect me, but it affects my family. They live in France, they read the press stuff.
“I live in England so I’m fine with everything they say and I’m used to it. But for my parents it’s really hard. I want to make them happy and the national team doesn’t make me happy.”
Nasri has represented France at every level from under-16s, making his senior debut aged 19 in 2007, and has played 41 times for the full national side, scoring five goals.
But he has not featured since France’s 2-0 defeat by Ukraine in the first leg of their World Cup qualification play-off in November. He was an unused substitute in the second leg, which France won 3-0 to book their place in Brazil.
In his absence Les Bleus reached the quarter-finals only to fall to eventual-winners Germany, Mats Hummels the match-winner.