Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been left out of the France squad
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: 04/10/12 1:53pm
Samir Nasri: His international exile continues after being left out of France squad for Japan and Spain games
Samir Nasri has again been left out of the France squad for the friendly against Japan and the crunch World Cup qualifier with Spain.
Manchester City midfielder Nasri has completed a three-match ban imposed by the French Football Federation for his conduct at Euro 2012 but was not selected in the latest squad by Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps.
Hatem Ben Arfa, another to have been disciplined over the summer, was also left out despite performing well for Newcastle recently with Deschamps instead including Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Lassana Diarra, who recently moved to Anzhi Makhachkala from Real Madrid.
Nasri's Manchester City team-mate Gael Clichy is included along with Arsenal duo Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as well as Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
Deschamps defended his decision to omit Nasri from his plans saying: "I didn't think it was the right time to call him back, I prefer to wait a while."
France squad: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mickael Landreau, Christophe Jallet, Mamadou Sakho, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gael Clichy, Patrice Evra, Laurent Koscielny, Adil Rami, Mathieu Debuchy, Etienne Capoue, Maxime Gonalons, Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye, Lassana Diarra, Moussa Sissoko, Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Bafetimbi Gomis, Mathieu Valbuena, Franck Ribery, Jeremy Menez.