Nasri buried demons of the past and is dreaming of World Cup glory
Samir Nasri admits he deeply regretted on the missed opportunity to play for France in the World Cup four years ago. The Manchester City midfielder claims he plans on fulfilling his “dream” to play for Les Bleus in the upcoming World Cup this summer.
The 26-year-old France international revealed that he was left devastated by former coach Raymond Domenech’s decision to leave him behind from the 23-man squad he took to South Africa for World Cup festivities.
Now that Didier Deschamps in the coach of France, Nasri is all but guaranteed to be in the squad that leaves for Brazil this summer. Nasri also admitted that he feared he would be left behind once again because of the knee injury he picked in a tackle from Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Nasri hopes he doesn’t have to watch the World Cup from his television once again. After picking the injury at St, James’ Park last month, Nasri has made good progress on a recovery. The attacking midfielder is expected to return to the field sooner rather than later.
“When I got injured, I was afraid, of course. I thought about not finishing the season, missing the World Cup. I was pretty devastated when it happened,” Nasri told RMC. “I know what it feels like to miss a World Cup in 2010. I cried because of that, because it's the World Cup, it's a dream. I've always dreamed of playing in it since I was very small. I'm going to do all I can to get back my form and hope to be in the list of 23.”
Nasri, who first thought to have a picked up a devastating long term cruciate ligament knee injury, believes he can make a good impact for France. Les Bleus’ under par performances at the World Cup in 2010 has left the country, especially Nasri with a hunger to acquire success.
France made name for all the wrong reasons at the last World Cup. Their performance on the pitch was horrendous and off the field Nicolas Anelka’s quandary with Domenech took over the air waves.
Nasri is confident France will avoid such scenarios this time and acquire a safe passage into the knockout stages at least. Having been drawn in a group with Switzerland, Honduras and Ecuador, Nasri feels like France will have no trouble in getting out of the group stage.