Nasri back for Frances South American tour

16 May 2013 01:47

France coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday recalled Samir Nasri in a 23-strong squad for friendly away matches against Uruguay on June 5 and Brazil four days later.

Nasri has not played for Les Bleus since the 2012 European Championships, at the end of which he was suspended for three matches for disciplinary breaches.

"The most important criteria for me is his competitiveness," Deschamps said of the Manchester City midfielder.

"For a good few weeks, he's again been performing, if not decisive, so he's become pickable once more."

But there was no place for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery.

"Franck was always ready and available to come, but I took note of his exceptional situation," Deschamps said.

"He has two finals to play, one Champions League (against Borussia Dortmund on May 25) and the other the German Cup (against Stuttgart on June 1).

"He's playing for two titles with the fatigue and adrenaline that builds up with that.

"So I took the decision that was the wisest to avoid any risk of injury. The most important thing is that he keeps the same level as this season for the opening matches of next season."

Uncapped players in the squad are Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala and Saint-Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui.

But Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, however, misses out.

"It's a sporting choice," said Deschamps. "I decided not to take him for these two matches."


Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City/ENG), Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia/ESP), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle/ENG), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal/ENG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG), Mamadou Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto/POR), Adil Rami (Valencia/ESP)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Yoann Gourcuff (Lyon), Josuha Guilavogui (Saint-Etienne), Samir Nasri (Manchester City/ENG)

Forwards: Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Dimitri Payet (Lille), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/ESP), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/ENG), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon), Jeremy Menez (Paris Saint-Germain)

Source: AFP