Teams are narrowing their squads for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They have until early June to narrow from 30 players to 23, but France has already named their World Cup roster. It includes one surprising omission, Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, whose club just won the Premier League championship.
“I think the die is cast. I respect (Didier Deschamps’) choice. I’ll watch the World Cup on TV,” Nasri said, via Sky Sports.
“If starting games in a club like Manchester City and winning two titles isn’t enough, too bad, I won’t regret anything.”
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia)
Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United), Lucas Digne (Paris St Germain) Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris St Germain), Clement Grenier (Olympique Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille)
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (Newcaste United), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)