Associated Press  |  Last updated October 04, 2012
France coach Didier Deschamps has overlooked Samir Nasri for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Spain, even though the Manchester City midfielder is available for selection again after serving a three-match ban. Nasri was banned for three matches by the French Football Federation for his behavior at the European Championship, where he aimed an expletive-laced tirade at a journalist after the defeat to Spain in the quarterfinals. ''I didn't think it was the right time to call him back, I prefer to wait a while,'' Deschamps said. Winger Hatem Ben Arfa was also left out, despite making a bright start to the season with Newcastle. Deschamps recalled central midfielder Lassana Diarra to compensate for the absence of midfielders Abou Diaby and Rio Mavuba, who both picked up injuries recently. ''If Diaby and Mavuba were available, maybe he wouldn't be here,'' Deschamps said. France plays Japan in a friendly on Oct. 12 and plays the qualifier in Madrid four days later. Deschamp...
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