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Manchester City Star May End International Career After World Cup Snub

Star has scored five goals in 41 appearances for his country.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is understood to be considering retiring from international football after being left out of the Les Bleus squad this week for the World Cup in Brazil next month, according to reports in the Guardian.

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The France international was a shock omission from head coach Didier Deschamps’s 23-man squad he is taking with him to South America, with Nasri not even deemed worthy of a place as one of his country’s seven players on standby.

And now as a result of that surprise snub, Nasri is said to be giving serious thought to the possibility of hanging up his boots with the French national team.

“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,” Nasri told Sky Sports News.

“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.

“It was a shock but I was prepared mentally. I’m okay. I respect his choice. He wanted to not pick me… good on him. I wish good luck to the French national team.”

After Nasri’s words, his girlfriend Anara Atanes apologised for a Twitter rant earlier in the week in which she appeared to slate France the country as a whole.

Nasri, 26, has just enjoyed an excellent campaign for his club in the Premier League, with the player registering 11 goals and 12 assists in his 46 matches in all competitions, including seven strikes and nine assists in his 34 league outings for City as they won their second title in the space of just three years.

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