France coach Didier Deschamps has explained omitting Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri from his World Cup squad.

Deschamps defended his decision to omit Nasri, suggesting the former Arsenal star was not an ideal squad player.

Deschamps told reporters: "Samir is an important player for Manchester City but he has not performed that well with France.

"He is a starter at City, which is not the case with France, and he has made it clear that he is not happy when he is a substitute - and I can tell you it can be felt in the squad."

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