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Feb 13, 2014

Samir Nasri dreaming of World Cup

Samir Nasri has admitted he cried when he missed out on a place in France's World Cup squad four years ago, but said he hopes to fulfil his "dream" in Brazil next summer.

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Nasri, 26, was devastated when he was left out of Les Bleus' 23-strong party to go to South Africa by then-coach Raymond Domenech.

With Didier Deschamps now in charge, the Manchester City midfielder is all but certain to be in the squad that will go to Brazil, though he told RMC he feared he would again watch the tournament on TV after a tackle from Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa left him writhing in pain with a knee injury at St. James's Park last month.

"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, whose initial fears of a cruciate ligament injury that would have scuppered his World Cup chances were quickly calmed, revealed.

"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."

France's 2010 campaign lurched from one debacle to another, with the squad's underwhelming performances on the pitch overshadowed still further by their infamous strike in support of Nicolas Anelka, who was accused of insulting Domenech.

Deschamps will hope to avoid such scenes in South America, where Nasri feels his country have a good chance of at least reaching the knockout stages after being drawn in a group with Switzerland, Honduras and Ecuador.

He said: "The minimum, given the group-stage draw, is to get through to the knockout stages. With our potential, we should comfortably be able to get out of the group, even if you mustn't believe that it'll be easy. We'll take each game as it comes. We know that in knockout games we can up our level of play and go as far as possible."

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