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Samir Nasri hints at France retirement

Samir Nasri has dropped a huge hint he is about to retire from international football, after being snubbed for the French World Cup squad.

Samir Nasri is preparing to announce whether he will attempt to resurrect his France career but has hinted he is on the verge of retiring from international football.

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The Manchester City midfielder was a controversial omission from France's World Cup squad after falling out of favour with Didier Deschamps.

The former Arsenal player was not even called up when Franck Ribery was ruled out by injury and his girlfriend, Anara Atanes, responded to his exclusion with an outburst at Deschamps on Twitter, prompting the France manager to issue a civil lawsuit against the model.

Meanwhile, the men Deschamps selected on the flanks, Antoine Griezmann, Mathieu Valbuena and at times Karim Benzema, all impressed as France reached the last eight in Brazil.

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And Nasri, who was also omitted from France's 2010 World Cup squad, hinted his international days are over.

He told The Sun: "I've made the decision. I took it a while ago but I'll say it properly when the time is right.

"It's not something you can announce on Twitter. I have to do a full interview. I didn't win anything with the national team. So it's more easy to take this decision than if we'd just won something.

"When you play for a big club, and you play lots of games. It's easy to come to this decision. If I do stop then City can benefit because during the international breaks I can stay and work more.

"All the players who played the World Cup and have lots of games during the season with their national teams can get tired and pick up injuries. So I think I will be fresh."

Nasri scored four goals in 41 games for France since debuting in 2007 and was banned for three games by the French Football Federation for allegedly abusive comments he made to a journalist after his country's Euro 2012 quarterfinal defeat to Spain.

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