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World Cup 2014 Ladder: Clichy and Nasri

  • 12 June 2013 08:51
  • Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc

We examine the prospects of France's Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri ahead of Brazil 2014.


Age: 27

Caps/Goals: 17/0

Clichy is back in the French fold after an incredible first season

International career to date…

Clichy earned caps for all of France’s youth teams for which he was eligible and made his senior team debut in a World Cup qualifier against Serbia in September 2008.

Despite making only two further appearances for his county in the next eighteen months, the left-back was named in Raymond Domenech's 23-man team for the 2010 World Cup. He started France’s final match against hosts South Africa in which they suffered a 2-1 defeat to end a disappointing campaign.

Clichy played a considerable part in helping France to qualify for Euro 2012, but admitted his frustration when replaced by Patrice Evra after the Manchester United man returned from suspension.

In June, 2012, Clichy was named in the squad for the Euro 2012 finals and started three times for Les Bleus including their quarter-final defeat to Spain where the exited the competition.

The defender has spent most of France’s 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign on the bench, making just one start in his most recent appearance on the 22 March in a 3-1 qualifier win over Georgia.

Will his nation be there?

As it stands, France sit second in Group I below holders Spain.

Unless they manage to leapfrog La Roja, they will most likely enter the playoff stages and would be hotly tipped to be in Brazil next summer.

France team

Who’s the competition?

Clichy’s cross-town rival Patrice Evra remains his main competition in the national side.

Despite playing three full games at last summer’s European Championship, it seems the City man has since fallen out of favour under Didier Deschamps.

It will be interesting to see who will be the boss' number one choice if France make it to next summer’s tournament.

International highlight...

Clichy’s international career has fallen during one of France’s most unsuccessful spells and so it is probably fair to point to the defender’s long-awaited debut as a highlight.

The then Arsenal player lined up against teammates William Gallas and Bacary Sagna in France’s back four and overcame Serbia 2-1 at the Stade de France.


Age: 25

Caps/Goals: 35/4


International career to date…

Like ClichyNasri has has earned caps with all of France's youth teams which he was eligible for. He is a member of the group commonly known as ‘Generation 1987,’ that produced players like Karim Benzema, Ben Arfa  and Jérémy Menez.

The midfielder made his senior team debut in a friendly against Austria at the age of 19 and assisted the only goal of the game.

Nasri was named in the squad for the Euro 2008 finals but following the tournament, he went on to play just three times for his country during the 2008/9 season.

After appearing against Lithuania in March 2009, he spent a year and a half in international wilderness and failed to make the 23 man squad for 2010’s World Cup.

He finally returned to the national team under the reign of Laurent Blanc for a friendly against Norway on 11 August 2010 and was named in the squad to play in Euro 2012, scoring the equaliser in the team’s opening fixture.

After serving a three match ban for an incident during the Euros, Nasri was called up again by Didier Deschamps for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil, but pulled out due to injury.

Will his nation be there?

As above.

Who’s the competition?

There is no shortage of midfielders at Didier Deschamps’ disposal with names like Frank Ribery, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko  and Ben Arfa among the ranks.

He also has young talent like Paul Pogba and Clément Grenier to consider.

International highlight...

Not long after his return to the national side, Nasri captained France for the first time in a 2–0 Euro qualification win over Luxembourg.

He provided the assist for the opening goal scored by Philippe Mexès.

Join us on Thursday where we'll be assessing Javi GarciaJesus Navas and David Silva's chances of being in Brazil next summer.


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