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Nasri keeps low profile at France training
Published : 12 Jun 2012 17:48:19
Man of the moment Samir Nasri kept a low profile as he arrived for France training at their Kircha training base here on Tuesday.
The Manchester City midfielder claimed a fine equaliser to earn France a 1-1 draw with England in their Euro 2012 opener on Monday.
However, he sparked controversy by celebrating with a provocative 'shushing' gesture and mouthing the words 'shut your face' at a L'Equipe journalist because he said his sick mother had been hurt reading criticism of him in the paper.
He was at the back of the group of players who made their way to the pitches at France's well-appointed base, which is the training centre for reigning Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.
Beneath hazy early evening sunshine and amid stifling temperatures, Nasri and the other members of the team that started the match against England set off for a jog around the complex before returning to complete a set of sprints.
The remaining squad members, clad in red and yellow fluorescent bibs, took part in a series of possession exercises and fitness drills before a small-sided game on a reduced pitch.
All 23 squad members participated in the session, including former injury victims Yann M'Vila and Blaise Matuidi.
France's next match is on Friday against co-hosts Ukraine, who asserted control of Group D on Monday by beating Sweden 2-1 in their opening match in Kiev.