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10 players who were dropped because they fell out with the national team coach or federation

Nasri was excluded from the World Cup squad despite being in good form
Modified 14 Nov 2015, 16:55 IST
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Representing the National team at the biggest football stages is the dream of every professional footballer. However, to do so the player needs to have a good working relationship with the manager as well as the board to get selected for the international games. In some cases these relationships turn sour and the players are eventually dropped or they quit the national team due to varied reasons.Take the case of John Terry who is still among the best English defenders in the game. Terry was involved in a racial abuse incident with Anton Ferdinand and subsequently the English FA decided to ban Terry for four games, even though the court found Terry not guilty. This didn’t go down well with the Chelsea captain and he decided to draw curtains on his international career.At least in Terry’s case we can argue that he decided to leave on his own terms with his head held up high. But, there are many other footballers who have been dropped during the peak of their careers by their national team coaches or their football federations because of a fall out between the two. 

#1 Samir Nasri - France

Samir Nasri has often been a centre of controversy throughout his career. His infamous move from Arsenal to Manchester City and the drama that unfolded needs no telling. His international career was also not that different.

During his early days with the French senior side he was rumoured to have fallen out with teammate William Gallas, but Nasri has played down the issue. After the team’s exit from the 2012 Euro, the Manchester City man was involved in an exchange of words with a reporter who asked his views on the game. The French Football Federation banned Nasri for three games following the incident.

Nasri was one of the key players in the City squad that lifted the Premier League in 2014, but two days later he was not named in the French squad that was due to travel to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup. France manager Didier Deschamps was of the opinion that Nasri’s off-field attitude would impede the squad.

Deschamps told French TV channel TF1: “Samir is an important player for Manchester City, but he has not performed that well with France. He is a starter at City, which is not the case with France and he has made clear that he is not happy when he is not (a starter), and I can tell you it can be felt in the squad.”

After the FIFA World Cup concluded, Nasri confirmed that he won’t play for France again under Deschamps. 

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Published 14 Nov 2015, 16:04 IST
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