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Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery considering German citizenship

Franck Ribery retired from international duty last summer.

Former France international Franck Ribery has said he is considering applying for German citizenship, telling Bild his son "could even play for Germany" one day.

Ribery, who said his negative image in France was a factor when he retired from international duty last summer, joined Bayern Munich in 2007 and has regularly spoken of his happiness in Bavaria, and could now seek dual citizenship.

"Why not? I can imagine staying in Munich after my career," he said. "I have a good feeling in Germany. If...

 By Ian Holyman

Nabil Fekir won't get France call just to avoid Algeria role - Didier Deschamps

Fekir's fine form in Ligue 1 this season has seen him linked with the likes of Arsenal.

France coach Didier Deschamps has told RMC he will not call up Lyon prodigy Nabil Fekir merely to prevent him playing for Algeria.

Virtually unknown at the start of the season, Fekir, 21, has made a name for himself with an impressive campaign at OL, contributing nine goals and six assists in 22 games to help his club to the top of the Ligue 1 table.

His performances have sparked the interest of clubs around Europe, notably Arsenal, while the French-born midfielder's Algerian roots mean there could...

 By PA Sport

France boss Deschamps: Samir Nasri does not meet expectations

The row between France manager Didier Deschamps and Samir Nasri continued on Monday.

France coach Didier Deschamps appears to have ruled out welcoming Samir Nasri back to the international fold, claiming his attitude is not good enough to warrant a recall.

Nasri has not played for Les Bleus since featuring in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in November 2013 and announced his international retirement in August after being overlooked for France's World Cup squad.

The Manchester City midfielder, who was handed a three-match ban for his behaviour during Euro 2012 in Poland and...

 By Ian Holyman

Didier Deschamps: I knew France players would stage World Cup protest

France's players refused to train at the 2010 World Cup in protest against Nicolas Anelka's expulsion from the squad.
The France squad train at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before the controversy erupted.

France coach Didier Deschamps has revealed that he was aware the national squad would demonstrate against Nicolas Anelka's exclusion from the 2010 World Cup for reportedly insulting then-coach Raymond Domenech.

The France players refused to get off the team coach for training in the South African town of Knysna in protest after Anelka was sent home after clashing with Domenech...

 By Ian Holyman

Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane to be honoured by France before friendly

France coach Didier Deschamps signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him in charge of Les Bleus until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane will be among a group of former France internationals honoured for having reached 100 caps for their country ahead of Les Bleus' friendly with Brazil next month.

Henry, who appeared 123 times for France, and Zidane, who won 108 caps, will be joined by Patrick Vieira (107) and Marcel Desailly (116) on the Stade de France pitch before kick-off on March 26.

Not only will they receive the ovation of the 80,000-strong capacity crowd, but they will also be given a special...