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Bacary Sagna has backed Samir Nasri to make an impact for France with the Manchester City midfielder now back in favour with Les Bleus.

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Nasri, 26, spent the entirety of last season off the international scene following his controversial Euro 2012.

However, after making a good impression during substitute appearances in World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus last month -- scoring in a 4-2 victory in the latter encounter -- he is expected to be in the starting line-up to face Australia in Friday's friendly in Paris to make what would be his first start for his country in more than a year.

And Sagna, 30, has told the media that his former Arsenal teammate -- banned for three internationals by the French Football Federation after insulting a journalist during Euro 2012 -- has now changed his ways.

"He's come back with a positive attitude. He wants to repay the faith the national team coach has shown in him," he said. "The past is forgotten. Samir is a great player. He wants to do well, he has the ability to do well, and I know he's going to do well."

The Arsenal right-back's comments echo those of France coach Didier Deschamps, who ignored Nasri during the first year of his tenure.

Having called up the ex-Marseille player for the end-of-season tour of South America -- which Nasri was forced to miss through injury -- before ending his international exile in August's friendly in Belgium, Deschamps acknowledged he has also seen a change.

"He's put in two really positive performances off the bench,” he said. “He has desire, he has hunger. He's been playing at a level at which he should always play. But he has to keep his game simple."


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