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  • Manchester City duo Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy have been sent crashing back down to earth just days after winning the Premier League title - as both of them have been left out of France's 2014 World Cup squad.

    Nine of France manager Didier Deschamp's 23-man squad are English-based, with Arsenal trio Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud being joined by Newcastle pair Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko, along with QPR's Loic Remy - who spent last season on loan at St James' Park.

    Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Manchester United's Patrice Evra are also included, at the expense of their fellow countrymen at Man City.  

    The news of his exclusion came as no real surprise to Nasri - whose behaviour during Euro 2012 saw him handed a three-match ban for his country - as he had previously predicted his omission from Deschamp's list.

    Nasri said: ""Sadly it's not going to happen, but that's fine. I am just happy I won the league and a cup this year. If that is not enough, it is not enough.

    "I missed a World Cup in 2010 and I am still alive and stronger than ever. I am going to watch it on TV while I am on holiday and I will be fine."

    Speaking to French TV channel TF1 after the announcement was made; Deschamps was quick to defend his decision to not name Nasri in the 1998 champion's World Cup squad for Brazil.

    Deschamps said: "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.

    "I built the best squad; I did not pick the 23 best French players."

    France have been placed in Group E alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras, so Les Blues will surely be hopeful of making an impact on the latter stages of this summer's tournament. Click here to compare odds for France to win World Cup 2014.

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