Samir Nasri confirms retirement from international football
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from international football with France. He dropped a strong hint last week that he had decided to cut short his international career
London: Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from international football with France. He dropped a strong hint last week that he had decided to cut short his international career.
"I will only be 29 in 2016 for the European Championship, but the French national team doesn't make me happy," Nasri said in an interview with The Guardian.
"Every time I go there, there is just more trouble. I face accusations about me and my family suffers from it and I don't want to make them suffer, so it's better to stop it and focus on my club career."
The 27-year-old made his France debut at the age of 19 in 2007 and has won 41 caps, scoring five goals, but his international career has been dogged by controversy. He was omitted from the France squad for the 2014 World Cup by coach Didier Deschamps.
"Let's face it, as long as he is going to be the manager, I don't think I have a shot after everything that has happened," Nasri said of Deschamps.
"It's not just him. He did what he thought was best for his team. I understand his choice. I don't have any problem with him.
"It is not him who talks in the press, it is the press who say things about me and the players as well. Before this World Cup they were saying that some players complain (about Nasri).
"Why do you want me to be in the group with some players who can't even be true in front of me and tell me that they have a problem? I don't want to be there. I am not happy."