Samir Nasri should have been included in the France squad says Patrick Vieira
Former France midfielder Patrick Vieira has claimed that Manchester City ace Samir Nasri should have been selected by France manager Didier Deschamps for the 2014 World Cup.
Rumours are circulating that Samir Nasri could be considering to retire from international football after being left out for the second time and overlooked by France. On missing out in the previous World Cup this is what he had to say,
“It’s a little bit hard to accept. I need to take some time now to think about the national team because it’s been twice now that they take away a World Cup from me. You can go around and ask any player if they’re happy to be on the bench, nobody’s going to say yes. I need to think a little bit during the holiday, what will be my future in the national team, because missing two World Cups is really hard for a player.”
“I must confess, I knew before. Sometimes you have the feeling, when you call to speak to the manager and he doesn’t want to speak to you, you know you’re not going to go to the World Cup.”
Patrick Vieira has been critical of Didier Deschamps for omitting Nasri. Speaking at ITV’s World Cup launch, the Arsenal legend said,”I played with Samir in the national team and I am still working with him at City,”
“We never heard nothing about him at City. I think in France sometimes they are not strong enough to deal with personalities. It’s quite surprising because Deschamps has personality and experience.”
“If you want to win the World Cup you need to select the best player,” Vieira said. “And Samir, this year he has been fantastic. He did everything to go to the World Cup. He has been scoring goals, making assists. The way he has grown up is his influence on the group and the team. He is a positive lad, he has been working really hard and he is taking more responsibility on his shoulder. He has got personality, and a strong personality. He never had a problem with Manchester City.”