Samir Nasri on never playing in a World Cup with France: ‘It is one of the biggest regrets of my career.’

Samir Nasri has said that not featuring in a World Cup with France is “one of the biggest regrets” of his career. 

The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder featured for Les Bleus on 41 occasions, scoring five goals and registering five assists in that time. Whilst Nasri did feature in France’s Euros campaign in 2008, he never went to a World Cup. He feels hard done by having not gone to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, despite admitting that he performed poorly in the play-off match. 

“I was bad in the first leg of the play-off match in Ukraine, but based on the 2014 season with Manchester City, I should have gone to Brazil, every day of the week,” Nasri told Canal Plus

He added, “I had already missed the World Cup in South Africa and then I missed the one in the home of football in Brazil; it is one of the biggest regrets of my career. I watched Les Bleus on the TV but with eternal regrets. I saw myself going to Brazil; I was full of confidence.”

Nasri didn’t support France in Brazil

Nasri even went so far as to say that in the wake of Didier Deschamps’ snub, he couldn’t even bring himself to support Les Bleus. 

“I wasn’t a Bleus supporter at that time. When you are a player and you’re available for selection, whoever says he supports Les Bleus is a hypocrite,” added Nasri, who has expressed a desire to go into management, but who is currently a consultant on Canal Plus Foot.

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