Samir Nasri says he is "pessimistic" over his World Cup chances with France
Manchester City star Samir Nasri admits he is "pessimistic" over his chances of making France's World Cup squad.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 31/03/14 4:38pm
Nasri was omitted from France's squad for the recent friendly with Holland to cast doubt over his chances of making Didier Deschamps' final selection for Brazil.
The 26-year-old's international career has been blighted by controversy as he was left out of the 2010 World Cup squad following a row with William Gallas and was then frozen out of Deschamps' plans for a period after being banned for three games following a clash with a journalist during Euro 2012.
Nasri is not too confident of regaining his place in the France squad in time to make the trip to Brazil.
"I want to wear this shirt but if I do not go to the World Cup it will make it two I have missed," Nasri told French television show Canal Football Club.
"At the moment I am rather pessimistic than optimistic so far. I was not part of the last friendly against the Netherlands and it was the last call before the World Cup group being named and I didn't get any explanation.
"But if I don't go to the World Cup, it will be because of my inadequate performances in the national team rather than my behaviour.
"In the 2010 World Cup, it was the biggest scandal of the French team and I was not part of it. But I can accept I have not been good in some matches with the French team, notably the first leg in Ukraine [in their World Cup play-off].
"You can ask any player, I never had any problem with any French team-mate.
"Deschamps? I asked for a talk with him, but it didn't happen so far. The day I will talk with him I will really know what I have been reproached for."