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Dec 13, 2012

France chief: Nasri recall is Deschamps' problem

Didier Deschamps has been told "it's his problem" if he wants to recall Samir Nasri to the French national team following the volatile Manchester City midfielder's past indiscretions with Les Bleus.

Nasri, 25, was given a three-match suspension after having insulted a journalist following his country's Euro 2012 elimination at the hands of Spain. The ban meant that, though he missed his country's opening two 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Nasri was eligible for October's friendly with Japan and the crucial qualifier in Spain as well as November's friendly in Italy.

However, Deschamps stated before the Spain game that "it wasn't the moment for [Nasri] to return to the French team" while adding Nasri "is still a player I could pick".

France's next international fixture is the February 6 friendly with Germany in Paris, and French FA (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has given Deschamps a free hand in deciding whether Nasri will feature or not while also warning the former Arsenal midfielder he will have to watch his step if he does return.

"If Didier wants to recall Nasri, it's his problem," Le Graet told sports daily L'Equipe. "No player has been discarded completely. But we have put in place a system based on respect."

Le Graet, who is favourite to win this weekend's FFF presidential election, also reiterated his expectation that Deschamps, whose current deal runs until after the 2014 World Cup, will actually take Les Bleus right through to Euro 2016, which France will host.

"We should normally go through to 2016 with Didier. Along with [his assistant] Guy Stephan, they form a duo I like and the public likes. Didier's getting results. He loves the French shirt, and he has the squad in hand."

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