PARIS (AP) – 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.
Deschamps kept Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the squad, even though the Montpellier center half is suspended for the Spain match.
''The notion of the squad is very important, I want to keep him involved,'' Deschamps said.
Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Lille), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).
Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Christophe Jallet (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Mamadou Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Lassana Diarra (Anzhi), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon), Jeremy Menez (Paris Saint-Germain), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).