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Nasri not fretting over World Cup place

November 25, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent,

Samir Nasri has told Canal+ it would not "destroy" him if he missed out on the World Cup.

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Nasri, 26, was dropped by Didier Deschamps following a below-par display in France's first-leg playoff defeat in Ukraine. The Manchester City midfielder then saw his nation make a spectacular second-leg comeback to clinch their World Cup finals place without him.

Poor form at Arsenal meant he did not make Raymond Domench's final squad for the South Africa finals of 2010, and Nasri insisted a second World Cup disappointment could actually be the making of him.

He said: "I know that I wasn't good during the first leg, but it was the same for the whole team. The coach made his choices, and I respect them. People have the right to express themselves, but I don't care one jot about criticism.

"I'm not afraid to miss the World Cup. I've already missed one. I know how it feels. It's not going to destroy me, on the contrary."

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