PARIS -- France coach Didier Deschamps has left Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri out of the squad of 23 players he plans to take to the World Cup. Monaco centerback Eric Abidal, Manchester City leftback Gael Clichy and Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff were also overlooked. "Its not necessarily the 23 best French players, but its the best squad in my eyes to go as far as possible in this competition," Deschamps said. "The best solution was to give a list of 23 players right from the start, to create a good mindset, so there would be no sense of insecurity. "When you give a list of 30 players, you have about 15 players who could be worried about making the cut or not." Deschamps, who also named seven players on standby in case of injuries, doesnt need to communicate his 23-man squad to FIFA until June 2. Deschamps captained France to glory at the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship. He became the national coach in 2012. Nasri scored seven goals and had seven assists in the Premier League this season. But it was not enough to convince Deschamps. "Samirs performances with the France team were not at the level of his performances with his club," Deschamps said. "Hes an important player and a regular starter at Manchester City. Thats not the case today with the France team. "And he also said hes not happy when hes a substitute. I can tell you that you can feel it in the squad. Because of those two or three reasons, I decided not to select him in this squad." Nasri was hit with a three-match ban by the French Football Federation for his behaviour at the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, where he aimed an expletive-laced tirade at a journalist after a 2-0 quarterfinal loss to Spain. The exclusion of Abidal and Gourcuff from the list was less surprising. Abidal proved a key player when France was the runner-up at the 2006 World Cup but he has lost his starting spot at Monaco in the past few of months, while Gourcuff had an injury-plagued season. "At the human level, living together for such a long time with players who have strong characters and personalities requires harmony and an ability to live together and make the common interest prevail," Deschamps said. The entire France squad went on strike four years ago to protest the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka, who had insulted then coach Raymond Domenech during a 2-0 loss to Mexico at the World Cup in South Africa. The French federation punished Anelka and three players for their role in the mutiny. Anelka received an 18-match ban while Patrice Evra was suspended for five games, Franck Ribery for three and Jeremy Toulalan for a single match. "I dont pretend that nothing will happen," Deschamps said. "Things could happen, things will happen, but I hope it will be positive things." Deschamps will especially rely on Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to go through the group stage. France will open its World Cup campaign against Honduras on June 15 before facing Switzerland and Ecuador in Group E. Les Bleus will warm up for the tournament in Brazil by playing against Norway, Paraguay and Jamaica in friendlies. -------- Squad: Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille). Defenders: Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal). Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille). Forwards: Loic Remy (Newcastle), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad). List of seven back-up players: Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne), Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne), Benoit Tremoulinas (Saint-Etienne), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon). Alexander Burmistrov Jersey
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In recent seasons theyve shopped in Turkey, Mexico and the French second division, but if the gossip pages are anything to go by, this summer could be very different.They have been linked with some of European footballs best and brightest, so we take a look at five forwards who could be wearing West Ham colours next season…Zlatan Ibrahimovic - PSGThe PSG striker remains the dream target - the only problem is, West Ham find themselves towards the back of a long line.They have been keen to talk up their interest, with Sullivan admitting: Id love to sign Ibrahimovic, but whether hed come I dont know. David Sullivan would absolutely love to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic Bilic was a little more reserved, writing in his Evening Standard column: We are ambitious and determined to progress, but to be realistic, we are not yet a club who those kind of players would consider.Ibrahimovic is expected to leave PSG when his contract expires this summer, and Sky Sports News HQ understands Man Utd could be his destination if Louis van Gaal departs.But theres still hope for West Ham fans - Swedish journalist Olof Lundh believes Ibrahimovic, having played in Paris, Milan and Barcelona, would prefer a move to London over Manchester. Ligue 1 strikers linked to West Ham Age Height Goals Assists Zlatan Ibrahimovic 34 6ft 4in 30 11 Alexandre Lacazette 24 5ft 7in 16 2 Michy Batshuayi 22 6ft 0in 14 9 Christian Benteke - Liverpool Christian Benteke has been on the fringes of the Liverpool team since his move Things havent gone to plan for Benteke at Liverpool. Hes made more Premier League substitute appearances than starts, and has just eight goals in his maiden campaign to date.His Belgium national team colleague Divock Origi has leapfrogged him in the pecking order, leavingg Benteke, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, looking on from the end of the bench.ddddddddddddullivan admits West Ham admire the forward, but his wages could be a problem, while Sky Sports reported in March that they were interested.For his part, Benteke insists hes really happy at Liverpool, but considering the success Andy Carroll has enjoyed in recent weeks, its easy to see the strikers appeal to West Ham chiefs.Alexandre Lacazette - Lyon Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette is one of the top goalscorers in France He signed a new Lyon contract last summer, but Lacazette has since revealed he has an understanding with club president Jean-Michel Aulas that allows him to leave after this season if the right offer comes in.Sky Sports reported in March that West Ham were interested, he reportedly turned down Newcastle in January, while Arsenal and Tottenham have all been linked, but the forward has conditions on a move. No 1, his new team must be playing Champions League football, and No 2, they cant play kick and rush.The second criteria shouldnt be a problem, not with former Ligue 1 star Dimitri Payet pulling the strings, but Champions League qualification may be just beyond the Hammers this season.Wilfried Bony - Man City Wilfried Bony was linked to West Ham before he moved to Swansea At the turn of the year, Wilfried Bony told Sky Sports no player is happy sitting on the bench. Fast forward four months, and the Ivorians mood cant have improved.He has started just 17 matches for City in all competitions this season, playing a cumulative total of 280 minutes of football from a possible 2070 in 2016.West Ham had Bony bought for £8m and £40,000-a-week in 2013, according to Sullivan, only to watch him join Swansea instead.Hes likely to cost much more now, and like Benteke, meeting his wage demands could be an issue for a club unlikely to be playing Champions League football.Despite his struggles at Man City, hes still the same striker who terrorised Premier League defences in south Wales and the Daily Mirror believe he remains a West Ham target.Michy Batshuayi - Marseille Michy Batshuayi is a target for a host of clubs across Europe this summer The lesser-known of the five targets, Batshuayi is another highly-rated Belgian striker. The Marseille forward is reportedly available, but Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham have all been mentioned, while West Ham have the 22-year-old among their top targets, as reported by Sky Sports in March.Once again, Champions League football could be a clincher, but West Ham hold a trump card. Payet has been many things this season, most of them brilliant, but could be become chief recruiter too?He is good pals with Batshuayi from their season together in Provence, and the Daily Telegraph report Payet is selling his former team-mate on life in east London.Impressive performances in Ligue 1 are no guarantee of Premier League success, just look at Angel Di Maria, but Batshuayis 14 league goals and nine assists for a struggling Marseille has turned heads.Watch Leicester City against West Ham on Super Sunday from 12.30pm on Sky Sports 1 HD Also See: WATCH: Hammers surprise amateurs Carroll frustrated by injuries Transfer Centre Get a ￡10 free bet! 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