'Dropping Nasri bad'

'Dropping Nasri bad'

Former France captain Patrick Vieira says Samir Nasri's omission from the World Cup squad could return to haunt coach Didier Deschamps at next month’s tournament in Brazil.

“I hoped it was a mistake,” Vieira, who played in France’s 1998 World Cup final victory over Brazil, said in an interview with ITV, for whom he will work as a pundit during the finals.
Manchester City playmaker Nasri ended the season in fine style, helping his club reclaim the Premier League title, but was overlooked when Deschamps named his provisional 30-man squad this week.

Vieira, however, said it was a mistake to leave one of France's most creative players at home.

“If you want to have a chance, you have to take your best players,” Vieira, who works with Manchester City as head of the elite development squad, said. “I think this year Samir has played fantastically well. He was one of our best players at City.”

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