Previous
AC Milan
Austria Vienna
8:05 PM UTC
Game Details
Lyon
Apollon Limassol
8:05 PM UTC
Game Details
Lazio
Vitesse Arnhem
ESPN3 6:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Nice
Zulte-Waregem
ESPN3 6:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Konyaspor
Marseille
6:00 PM UTC
Game Details
FC Astana
Villarreal
ESPN3 4:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Braga
TSG Hoffenheim
ESPN3 8:05 PM UTC
Game Details
Flamengo
Atlético Junior
11:45 PM UTC
Leg 1
Game Details
Vélez Sarsfield
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
10:15 PM UTC
Game Details
Cruz Azul
América
1:30 AM UTC Nov 24, 2017
Leg 1
Game Details
Atlas
Monterrey
3:30 AM UTC Nov 24, 2017
Leg 1
Game Details
Next

Trending: Blind not to blame - Mourinho

Latest
Read

Tottenham's Wembley challenge

Tottenham
Read

Transfer Rater: Draxler to Reds, Sanchez to Real

Transfers
Read

Nasri makes France return

Didier Deschamps has called up Samir Nasri for the first time since taking over as France coach last summer as he wants "answers" from the controversial Manchester City midfielder.

Nasri, 25, has not played for his country since returning home from Euro 2012 in disgrace after insulting a journalist following Les Bleus' quarter-final defeat to Spain. The former Marseille and Arsenal man was handed a three-match ban following the incident, barring him from appearing in the opening trio of games of Deschamps' reign.

After ignoring Nasri so far, Deschamps will give the exciting but inconsistent playmaker the opportunity to show he has learned from last summer's events during next month's trip to South America.

"I have no guarantee. I'm not pretentious enough to say that there will be no problem with me. He'll get the same treatment as the others," Deschamps, whose side face Uruguay on June 5 and Brazil four days later, told the press. "It'll give me the chance to talk face-to-face with him. There comes a time when I need answers to take a clear position."

Persona non grata in his home country in the immediate aftermath of Euro 2012, Nasri's poor early season form made it easy for Deschamps to ignore him. However, with the skilful midfielder becoming increasingly influential for his club in the closing stages of the season, the issue of a recall, if not of wiping the slate entirely clean, became more pressing.

"The past is the past. He can't go back, nor erase the past. He's becoming decisive again, and so it's logical that he comes back so that I can see him about it and also see him in the group," said Deschamps, who sent Nasri and his team-mates a veiled warning to be on their best behaviour. "I'm not here to take risks. We're going to play two friendly matches, and spend ten days together. If at any time I feel a player is endangering the squad. They know very well that I won't pick them again, and that goes for everyone."

Franck Ribery was left out given he will only feature in the DFB Cup final with Bayern Munich on June 1 while Manchester United's Patrice Evra also misses out after a title-winning but tiring Premier League season.

"He's not got a privileged position," Deschamps explained. "He's known from the start that I'm not here to give out presents. I've made that choice. He knows about it. He's not sitting in front of his TV waiting for the list."

There were first call-ups for Saint-Etienne midfielder Joshua Guilavogui, 22, and Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, 22, while Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, 26, was also included despite a trying domestic season.

"Gourcuff has played well in recent matches with Lyon. He's got his legs back," Deschamps said of the former Bordeaux playmaker, who has only appeared once under the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winner to date. "He's always had his footballing quality, and has mostly been troubled by a series of injury problems. He can bring us a lot of things on a technical level. Picking him gives me a chance to see him again."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.